The PA reports today that former EastEnders star Barbara Windsor – who of course played the role of Peggy Mitchell – hosted “the perfect British tea party” ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend in June.
Barbara, who is the official street party ambassador – as appointed by London Mayor Boris Johnson two years ago after he starred in an episode of EastEnders – organized tea and sandwiches and cakes for a tea party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace which was attended by around 60 Scouts.
She said, “All we ask is for people to have lunch with their neighbours on June 3rd, that’s not too much to ask is it?
“The street parties were a big success when we did them at the royal wedding and they weren’t just in London, they really captured the spirit of the whole nation…
“We feel very honoured that the Queen has chosen the Big Lunch to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
“Everybody has got a table to pull out or a chair and you get to experience all different kinds of foods.
“The English tend to let us down a little bit, so I say, bring out the roast dinners.”
The Scout Association has pledged its support for the The Big Jubilee Lunch initiative, and Scout groups all over the UK will help to organise traditional street parties and picnic lunches for the Jubilee.
Olly Goodchild, a Scout Leader from Lewisham South London, said, “All the Scouts who met Barbara today were inspired to be part of The Big Jubilee Lunch and I know that Scouts from Across the UK are starting to plan hard for June 3rd.
“Across Britain Scouts and their volunteer leaders will be sitting down with other members of their communities to share a meal, have fun and make new friends.
“Being part of something like this is what makes Britain great and we are proud to be part of it.”
Since the Big Lunch initiative began in 2009, thousands of lunch events have been held across the country, and in 2011, nearly two million people were involved in the events.
Will you be hosting a street party for the Jubilee?