JCB has announced a company-wide ‘street party’ to mark the coronation of HM King Charles III and HM Queen Camilla.
The manufacturer is treating more than 5,500 employees at all its UK factories to a two-course celebration lunch next week.
Factory restaurants are being decked out with red, white and blue bunting and balloons ready for ‘classic’ British cuisine to be served on traditional street party trestle tables.
Employees will tuck into fish and chips, sausage and mash, a special coronation chicken pie or enjoy a special afternoon tea. A regal fruit crumble and trifle will be offered as dessert.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford said, “The coronation really is a momentous event in our country’s history and an opportunity for all of us to come together and mark it as a team in traditional street party style.”
Carol Williams, general manager for JCB’s catering contractor Elior, added, “This really will be a royal celebration to remember. Not surprisingly, given it’s a very British occasion, more than half of those attending have selected fish and chips for their main course!”
Over the course of the four-day street party, the team will prepare and serve almost one tonne of potatoes, 172 kgs of chicken, 293 kgs of fish, and 125 kgs of sausage.