For me, 2012 is the year of the Jubilee. Forget the Olympics, Shakespeare and everything thing else that’s being celebrated this year. For me, the Diamond Jubilee is a wonderful reason to go retro and be inspired by what our mothers and grandmothers did.
In 1952, the year of the Queen’s accession, some foods were still rationed, and people were still recovering from the war. But in the age of chin-up and carry on, the coronation in 1953 was a wonderful reason for a street party, bunting, childrens’ games and getting together with your neighbours. The government even allowed an extra butter ration so housewives could do extra baking for the occassion.
When I think of celebrating 1950s style, I think about The Darling Buds of May and how they liked eating outside and encouraging everyone to join them, especially those who were lonely. Ma Larkin would put out a massive spread and everyone would tuck in and enjoy the day. A little rose-tinted maybe, but a wonderful way to try to emulate.
It’s a lovely reminder of family and the simpler things that we can enjoy doing together. It also invokes those things that we take for granted like spending time together.
So, as the Jubilee is nearly on us, how will you be spending your time together?