A Chinese manufacturer makes 10,800 tea cups, mugs and plates to mark the Queen’s seven decades as monarch, only to discover a vital spelling mistake.
It sounds like a money-making scheme that Del Boy Trotter would come up with himself.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is imminent and there is money to be made from souvenirs.
But, like many of the ideas devised by Peckham’s finest, a vital detail scuppers the deal.
A Chinese manufacturer made 10,800 tea cups, mugs and plates to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The only problem was the inscription.Advertisement
Below a picture of Her Majesty are the words: “To commemorate the Platinum Jubbly of Queen Elizabeth II.”
Given that one of Del Boy’s favourite phrases is “lovely jubbly”, the items, for sale on a clearance website, are now being touted as perfect for fans of both the Queen and Only Fools and Horses.
Wholesale Clearance UK, which sells unwanted stock in bulk, has picked up the collection.
It comments on its website: “You will notice this is probably more at home on the shelf next to Peckham Spring (Del Boy’s bottled water which glowed yellow in the dark) as these are in fact celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubbly.
“These are… as you say… the Creme de la Menthe! So if you are a fan of the Queen and Del Boy… two birds with one stone.”
Andy White, from the company based in Poole, Dorset, said it was a “bit of fun”.
He added: “I think the online trader rejected the items pretty much straightaway, but, in hindsight, with the exposure it’s getting, they’re probably wishing they didn’t. Their loss will be someone else’s gain.”
The website adds: “If you close your eyes, you can almost hear those immortal words from Britain’s favourite businessman ringing through the halls of Nelson Mandela House.
“But in typical Only Fools manner, this isn’t exactly as expected.”
The stock is for sale as a bulk lot for £32,400.