Brits to spend £424m on food, drink and bunting over Jubilee holidayReported by Metro.co.uk on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 (on May 30, 2012)
*Millions of people are gearing up to enjoy the diamond jubilee bank holiday.*
Fit for a queen: Designer Aruna Seth models a pair of shoes she has made for the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations– although the £3,000 price tag means they are unlikely to be seen at many street parties. The limited edition ‘British shoes’ are covered in more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals, each placed by hand. The footwear is on display at Harrods (Picture: PA)
With the bunting already on show in streets across the land, 6million Britons plan to throw a house party.
They will spend a total of £424million on food, drink and bunting, a study by Santander Insurance found.
More than 6,500 roads across the country will be closed this weekend to accommodate the many thousands of street parties being held, said traffic information company Inrix.
Millions will also hope to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she takes in the Epsom Derby on Saturday, a river pageant on the Thames on Sunday and a jubilee concert featuring Sir Paul McCartney on Monday. Thousands of jubilee beacons will also be lit across Britain and the Commonwealth on Monday.
London Underground will be running near-normal services over the weekend, with only the Waterloo & City line not operating and with part-suspensions on the London Overground line.
Many train services to and from the capital will be providing additional trains or carriages, with the exception of the Stansted Express, which will be replaced by buses. Eurostar said tomorrow would be its busiest day of the weekend with 30,000 passengers travelling between Britain and mainland Europe.
Heathrow Airport will be rolling out the red carpet to passengers as it expects 780,000 overseas travellers to arrive over the celebrations. The Association of British Travel Agents said about 4million people planned a holiday in Britain over the weekend, with 2million going abroad.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘The capital will be extremely busy throughout the weekend.
‘If you’re joining the festivities, make sure you plan ahead.’
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