WITH less than two months until the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, shops are rolling out the red carpet and stacking their shelves with patriotic goods.
In Kettering, county-based discount stores 99p Stores has introduced a Best of British range, offering a wide selection of cheap celebratory items.
And everyone from the newsagent to the family butcher is joining in the fun.
The Queen celebrates 60 years on the throne in June, with a huge number of street parties and celebration events already planned in the county.
The 99p Stores launched its range at its shop in the Newlands centre yesterday, which includes a three-tier cupcake stand, a portrait of Her Majesty in an “antique” gold frame, 30ft of bunting, flags, bowls and plates.
99p Stores owner Hussein Lalani said: “We are already preparing second and third print runs, and that’s before they have even gone on shelves.
“I expect the region to be going party-mad over the weekend when the jubilee is celebrated and gets in full swing.”
Bradbury’s Family Butchers in Corporation Street, Corby, is getting into the spirit, and will be bringing in food from the Queen’s pork pie maker, Robert Leeson of Oakham.
Owner Gavin Bradbury said: “We’re going to have meat that was around at the time of the jubilee, and also in preparation I’ve been in touch with the Queen’s own pork pie maker, who is going to make us a large pie.
“We will have meat paste, brawn, traditional pork pies, traditional recipe sausages and some wartime favourites. We will have bunting, fun and games – the whole lot.”
Patriotic goods including flags, mugs and teddy bears will be on sale at the Paper Shop, in New Post Office Square, Corby.
Partner Mahesh Karsandas said: “We get a mix of people buying them. We also have things like London buses which are popular with people from the European communities.”