There’s something brewing in Dunstable to celebrate the latest royal birth.
If you like Dunstable Tea, in all its varieties, then you’re sure to love the range’s new arrival – Prince George!
The new tea will be on sale soon at Priory House, the heritage and tourism centre, in High Street South.
Priory House manager Helen Walker-Sygrove said: “We just thought it would be nice to celebrate the birth of a future king.”
This new addition is sure to stir up interest.
It’s a blend of Assam and Kenya tea, loose-leaf or in tea bags.
What a great way to ‘wet the baby’s head’.
While you’re waiting for the new tea to go on sale (any day now), check out the rest of the commemorative items on sale at the centre to mark the happy occasion.
You can pick up fridge magnets, boxed bone china mugs ideal for Prince George tea, and tea towels to dry them off with afterwards.
All sorts of local crafts and goodies are on sale in the centre’s gift shop, too.
That includes Dunstable Honey and Priory Pantry chutneys and preserves.
And the best bit is, none of it costs a “princely” sum...
I was talking last week about the famous Blondie concert at the Queensway Hall, Dunstable, in March, 1978.
It really was a riot. Fists, boots and beer cans were flying. Punks stormed the stage and singer Debbie Harry had to be rescued.
Anyway. This week, I had an email from a chap who’d been talking about the concert while he was in the pub the other day.
He tells me: “Across the bar, a drinker chirped up that in 1980, he was working on the market outside the Queensway Hall selling Army surplus.
“ Over from him was a curmudgeon grumpy old cobbler from Northampton.
“It was about 4 in the afternoon as both stallholders were clearing up.
“Along comes this Blonde bird, to quote him, and persists she wants to buy a pair of shoes. After a while, the cobbler reluctantly makes a sale.”
Did he know he had just made a sale to star shopper Debbie Harry?
Nope. He was none the wiser until the Army surplus salesman enlightened him.
What was the shoe salesman’s response? “Could have charged her more...”
Another reader tells me he was oh so nearly at that concert. “I was third in the queue outside when bouncers closed the doors! So I went to the Norman King instead!”
Never mind. I’m sure he had a good night – One Way or Another...
Dunstable has cropped up in a spoof advert in an “adult humour” magazine. Oo-er.
The joke advert was sending up the confusing term “London Luton”.
Purporting to promote a Luton hotel, it offered a taste of the real London “not quite as near to the centre of the capital as you first thought”.
All sorts of dodgy delights were on offer – including a chance to see “Cheeky Cockneys”, including “the Pearly Kings of Dunstable”.
Presumably that’s Cheeky Cockneys born within the sound of the Priory Bells.
And that’s not all. The joke advert also offered the chance to meet the Pearly Kings of Bedfordshire and Letchworth Garden City.
Cor blimey, guv’nor. Would you Adam and Eve it!