history VI

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

6th July, 1902 : King Edward treated the poor of London to dinner tonight, with music and singing to celebrate his succession to the throne. In all, it is estimated that 456,000 people sat down to a sumptuous dinner as guests of the King. The dinner took place at more than 700 venues and, in its long history, it seems unlikely that London had ever seen such a feast. It cost the King 30,000 pounds but many others chipped in with contributions, notably brewers. More than 1,500 entertainers were booked for the occasion, all giving their services free. At the Inns of Court barristers rolled up their sleeves and washed the potatoes.

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