Sandwich commemorates the 250-year birthday of the sandwich
Celebrations have got underway in Sandwich as the east Kent town commemorates the 250-year birthday of the sandwich this weekend.
There will be events throughout the two days including live music, food fairs and sandwich competitions to celebrate the moment the 4th Earl of Sandwich invented the world famous snack.
Local people and visitors gathered in the town centre to engage in the festivities today.
"It's fantastic this event takes place", 67-year old Mandy Wilkins, one of the organisers of the Sandwich celebration, said. "It's part of our history."
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About 250 years ago, the fourth Earl of Sandwich asked for beef between two slices of bread so he could continue to play cards, whilst eating his meal.
Many local residents are pleased with the celebrations. "The sandwich is a universal meal. Everybody knows it. It's very important to organise this festival", Elise Purvis, in her eighties, said.
There were also many French visitors at the festival from the Normandy town of Honfleur, which is twinned with the town of Sandwich. The English sarnie therefore had to compete with the French baguette in a sandwich competition that took place in a big marquee within the town centre.
"Our baguette-sandwich contains sardines in oil, shrimps, butter, cream and cumin", 52-year old Christine Mas, from Honfleur, said. "But we don't know yet which sandwich has won the competition."
Many residents hope the festival will make Sandwich just as famous as its namesake. "We have had a lot of press here", Jan Cooper, 67, said. "Not only from the national newspapers but we have seen also reporters from Russia and Germany. I am very pleased with this as we don't have as much tourism here as we could have."