Nation to celebrate jubilee with cups of tea and fish and chips
AS OUR town and villages prepare for diamond jubilee events in Kent this weekend it looks like it could be a busy one for the county’s fish and chip shops.
A survey carried out by localpeople.co.uk, the nation's largest online network of community sites, has found that people across the country are planning to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne with fish and chips and a cup of tea.
Traditionally a seaside treat that has fed millions of memories, the jubilee weekend is set to break all records.
If those people who took part in the poll on sites such as tunbridgewellspeople.co.uk and canterburypeople.co.uk speak for the nation, as many as 36 million people could be expected to tuck into fish and chips over the weekend.
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With Prince Charles recently championing a campaign to keep fish and chips on the menu by promoting responsible fishing methods, our choice of jubilee lunch provides the perfect opportunity for people in Kent to put their sustainable credentials to the test and try a different fried fillet or two.
TV chef and responsible fishing campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: "What a great way to celebrate the jubilee, but just because it's fish and chips it doesn't always have to be cod.
"Look out for more sustainable alternatives such as pollock and plaice, and MCS-certified haddock. Look out too for chip shops who are serving hot mackerel baps. They're delicious! For more ideas and information visit www.fishfight.net."
But it's not just the fish dinners that are in prospect this weekend.
The nation is expected to down more than 115,000 cups of tea per minute – toasting the Queen's reign with her favourite, and most quintessentially British, afternoon refreshment.
Lee Williams, general manager of localpeople.co.uk, said: "Whilst everything about how the nation is marking the jubilee weekend with fish and chips and a brew appears traditional, we are expecting jubilee celebrations to be catalogued with images and video like no other moment in British history.
"Our community publishers are anticipating thousands of uploads with pictures of fish and chips and a cup of tea to be popular, creating an online memory bank that will capture this historic moment for years to come."
To keep up with all the jubilee celebrations in Kent this weekend visit our diamond jubilee page here at This is Kent.