A royal Corgi!

Mark Yates of Brooks Collectables, Waterloo Road, Blackpool, with the William and Kate royal wedding souvenir mini
Mark Yates of Brooks Collectables, Waterloo Road, Blackpool, with the William and Kate royal wedding souvenir mini
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IT’S a bit like selling ice to the eskimos!

For a Blackpool trader appears to be selling royal souvenirs – to the royals!

Mark Yates, of Brooks Collectables in the resort, could not believe it when an order came in with a dispatch address made out to Buckingham Palace.

The request was for a Corgi London Mini with William & Kate SW1 emblazoned on the side in celebration of their April 29 nuptials.

Mark, whose store on Waterloo Road, South Shore, specialises in traditional novelties and nostalgia, said: “It is a genuine order which came through our website.

“We have had a barrage of orders for Royal Wedding souvenirs, mostly from London.

“We were just joking that it would be funny if one came from Buckingham Palace, when this order came through! We were shocked! It doesn’t happen everyday that you get such a prestigious order.

So we checked it out and it is from the people who deal with the upkeep of the Palace. Everyone we have told has been surprised. The Corgi London Mini is really popular.”

The dispatch address for the model car is to The Royal Household Property Section, Buckingham Palace, SW1.

Mark added: “We printed the address straight from the order and sent it off straightaway.”

Family-run Brooks Collectables recently celebrated its 60th anniversary in the town and is famous for its eclectic mix of seaside memorabilia and classic toys. It boasts its own museum, showcasing the store’s personal collection of memorabilia including mint condition Dinky, Corgi and Hornby models.

Mark added: “Our best sellers from the Royal Wedding souvenir collections are tea spoons and key rings.

“But we have also sold a lot of tea towels and mugs which I think people are wanting for their own street parties to celebrate the wedding.”

Perhaps the Royal Wedding souvenirs of 2011 will become the collectables of the future.