Celebrations in overdrive

The Vale Pre-School Playgroup on Skull House Lane - the children celebrated the Queen's Jubilee with a special jubilee party

The Vale Pre-School Playgroup on Skull House Lane - the children celebrated the Queen's Jubilee with a special jubilee party

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WITH just days to go until the Jubilee celebrations climax, bunting has become almost extinct on Wigan’s shop shelves.

With the Olympics and the celebration of the Queen’s 60 years of reign, there is double the reason to get out the union flags and bunting and they are selling like hot cakes.

Wilkinsons, in Standishgate, B&M Bargains, in Marus Bridge, and Asda, in Robin Park Way, are all kicking themselves as they have sold out and have no way of restocking.

A B&M spokesman said: “We have sold out, We still have England bunting, but not the union flags.

“We could have sold a lot more, but we sold out two to three weeks ago and unfortunately our warehouse has no back-up stock. We still get people asking for it, but we have to say no.”

Emma Sherratt, assistant manager at Wilkinsons, said: “We sold out last week and are unable to get any more. We have had several people ask just this morning.

“But we did expect it go sell quickly as we have both the Olympics and Jubilee.”

Steve Wareing, home and leisure manager, at Asda, said: “We have sold out. We have most of it up around the store, in our office and canteen.

“We even had to get a colleague to buy some from elsewhere to decorate our store.”

But Tesco and Sam’s Party Box, in Hindley, still have enough bunting to help people.

Sam Ascroft, owner of Sam’s Party Box, in Bridge Street, Hindley, said: “We have not yet sold out. This is only a small shop, so people buy mainly for house and street parties.

Joe Berry, manager of Tesco, in Ormskirk Road, Wigan, said: “We are selling quite a few each day.”