Royal wedding brings business boost

Nick Peek (centre) peeks out from behind some of the stock
Nick Peek (centre) peeks out from behind some of the stock

One of the country’s biggest party supply companies says Brits have gone bonkers over the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Peeks, of Christchurch, Dorset, says it is anticipating triple than average turnover for May as pub and hotel chains bulk buy its products.

Individuals too are buying up wedding goodies not just here but abroad as well – especially Commonwealth countries and the US where the bride is from.

Stock is flying off the shelves and Peeks’ staff are working hard to keep up with demand that is increasing every day.

The company has facemasks, life-size cut-outs, Harry and Meghan display flags, miles of themed bunting, hand-waving flags, tableware, face paints and party packs.

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 we have had a great deal of interest through our website and at our giant party store.

“Pub and hotel groups have been quick off the mark and they are clearly anticipating a big day.
“There are also going to be street parties, especially if the weather is good.

“We ordered a vast amount of stock and have everything red, white and blue you could wish for.

“Later in the year we have the football World Cup which is another occasion when Brits have a great excuse for a party.”

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