Royal souvenirs hard to find

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 07:36 02/04/2014
Judith Shipley
Derek Flynn

Ready for royalty: Judith Shipley, left, and Jane Rarity of Gifts on Grove – Jewellery of NZ proudly model the royal tour T-shirts they have on sale

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With the exception of two stores, Blenheim seems to be following a national trend of royal souvenirs being a thing of the past.

Gifts on Grove - Jewellery of NZ on Grove Rd in Blenheim was the only store the Express could confirm yesterday that was selling royal collectibles.

Co-owner Xuemei Zhang said she was surprised they were the only ones selling items to celebrate the royal visit to Blenheim.

"We hope Blenheim will get excited about them visiting - it's a big deal," she said.

The shop's shirts have a photo of the royal couple with baby George on the front, along with the British and New Zealand flags.

"The stock has just arrived and we are rushing to get them priced in time, they will sell at around $20," she said.

Thomas's department store owner Kim Andrews said he was working with possibilities and would try to have some royals stock. "We will also be decorating our display windows to celebrate their visit - it is a great occasion," he said.

It was announced yesterday that Marlborough Girls' College year 12 students, Olivia Burns and Alice Schofield will sing the national anthem at the wreath laying ceremony at Seymour Square at 11am on April 10.

The RSA Ode will be read, in English and Maori by Staff Sergeant Paul Whakatihi of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment reserves and Marlborough RSA vice president Rod Shoemark.

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- The Marlborough Express

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