One of the country’s biggest party supply companies is backing Brits to go bonkers over the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Peeks, of Christchurch, Dorset, says the occasion is a great excuse for patriotic people to have a party and envisages a bumper boost to sales.
The company has miles of red, white and blue bunting, union flags galore and masks and cut-outs of the happy couple.
Pub and hotel groups are already putting in orders and enquiries through Peeks’ website and giant party store are picking up.
Playboy Prince Harry met the glamourous American actress on a blind date and after a whirlwind romance the engagement was announced in November.
On Saturday May 19 the couple will marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – the same day as the FA Cup final.
Nick Peek, MD of the 72-year-old family business, said: “We have been supplying party goods to people since the end of the war and the appetite remains for these occasions.
“We saw huge spikes in sales for recent Royal events such as the Jubilee and Prince William’s wedding.
“Harry is a popular prince and indications are that there will be a lot of interest when he weds Meghan.
“As the bride is American we are also anticipating interest from across the pond and this puts an interesting new slant on things.
“Pub and hotel chains are already putting in orders and other clubs and groups are planning events.
“Individuals too will have parties and, while not on the scale of Prince William’s wedding, there are likely to be street parties as well.
“We are bringing in more products nearer the day which will have the couple’s names on and will be wedding-themed.
“We have plenty of union flag bunting and flags, face paint, table-ware and patriotic goods and the event will certainly give us healthy boost to sales.
“Later in the year we have the football World Cup which is another occasion when Brits have a great excuse for a party.”
Notes to editors:
Peeks provides party and fundraising items and sells them through its mail order catalogue, growing website, and through its giant party store in Christchurch. It was founded by Charles Peek in 1946 and is now run by his grandson, Nick.
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