2012 Diamond Jubilee Mug
Courtesy of @mugshop
Street parties and fancy dress parades, Vera Lynn and We’ll Meet Again, or Whale-meat Again as some people were singing; accordions and harmonicas playing and coloured lights all round the perimeter and people in uniform and singing and dancing – all very English and reserved dancing of course.
What am I describing? OK you’ve guessed! Yes it’s the end of WW2 again. Sorry.
As a small boy in every sense of the word, I was dragged protesting and sulking to our end of war party, dressed in Union Jack flags! Oh the embarrassment of it all.
Once I had forgotten to sulk though and then won first prize in the fancy dress parade, accompanied by the jeers of my un-fancy-dressed pals, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
And my First Prize? It was a well-preserved coronation mug featuring King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – later to become the Queen Mother.
Of course I was not allowed to drink from it at home; it had to be put into a display cabinet where it remained for many years. I wonder what happened to it?
Later as a Royal Air Force recruit I had the pleasure of having my own pint mug – without a picture of the King – from which I drank copious quantities of hot, sweet tea. Oh the joy of it all.
So why am I saying all this? Well, it’s because I am delighted to say that celebration mugs are alive and well and I can’t really imagine a Royal occasion, such as this year’s Diamond Jubilee, without them.
The design shown above is the result of a competition for children. Well done all of you who entered and thankyou @mugshop http://www.mug-shop.net/ for keeping the tradition alive.