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Sunday, 12 June 2016

A party for a 90th birthday.

This weekend will see a variety of celebrations to officially mark the monarch's 90th birthday

The hampers for this street party did not come from the local food bank.

M&S hamper that will feed 10,000 guests

Today, Sunday, there will be a "Patron’s Lunch" street party for around 10,000 people in the Mall. Tickets for this "bash", the climax of the celebrations marking the queen's "official" 90th birthday, have been available for £150 each. The chosen guests will be given a hamper supplied by Marks and Spencer, (who else?), in a wicker basket, along with a turquoise plastic plate, a matching set of plastic cutlery, a plastic wine tumbler and a napkin.
Each hamper will contain:
Scottish Smoked Salmon mousse with hot and cold Sandringham oak smoked Lochmuir salmon Pembrokeshire chicken roulade with Wye Valley asparagus and minted Cornish potato salad with pea shoots, creamy mayo and a herb drizzle
'Posh' raspberry royale - Norfolk Tulameen raspberries and a strawberry jelly, layered with a sponge and clotted whipped cream hand decorated with a chocolate plaque
Best of British sandwich selection: Roast Northern Irish beef with horseradish mayonnaise and baby watercress on soft white bread; Smoked Scottish Loch Etive trout with a dill dressing and watercress on soft wholemeal bread; Farmhouse mature Welsh cheddar with Kentish Claret tomatoes and Windsor apple chutney on soft malted brown bread; Applewood smoked Wiltshire ham with Tewkesbury mustard on soft white bread Mini piccalilli pork pie Two butterfly cakes - one light vanilla sponge cake with strawberry frosting and the other a lemon cake topped with lemon frosting
Cornish Cove mature cheese and Red Leicester with Scottish seeded oatcakes Pressed Windsor apple juice and a Bottle of water.
At around the same time as these 10,000 "chosen guests", are tucking into their sandwiches, pies, salmon and the rest, more than 1 million families in this country, will be having their Sunday lunch of food obtained from their local Food bank.
The chasms in society grow wider every day.