$500 for my jubilee picnic hamper? No way!

Marilyn says ‘hands off my hamper’ after offer by American tourists.

A $500 offer by American tourists was not enough to tempt Northam royalist Marilyn Northcott to part with her Buckingham Palace jubilee picnic.

Marilyn, 55, rebuffed the proposition for the wicker hamper – which was given to 12,000 lucky guests who secured free tickets the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in the gardens of the palace.

Marilyn, who attended the party dressed in a Union Flag-patterned dress and matching headgear, told the Gazette: “I was approached by two women after the concert who said ‘gee ma’am, would you like to sell your hamper?’.

“I told them that mine was not for sale and was quite insistent, but out of interest asked how much they were willing to pay. They said ‘well at least $500’.


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“I wouldn’t sell mine; it’s something I will pass on to my grandchildren.”

The lunch was specially created by Michelin chef Heston Blumenthal and contained chilled country garden soup, followed by tea-smoked Scottish salmon and Diamond Jubilee chicken. Dessert was a strawberry crumble, crown-topped chocolate cakes and a cheeseboard – a picnic fit for the Queen.

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Being at the event was a dream come true for Marilyn, a well-known special constable, who took along former colleague Angela Brant, 63, of Holsworthy Beacon, to join her at the celebrations.

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