Take Hart your majesty – it’s a cardboard cake

Simon Hart's cardboard cake now playing a starring role in a Portsmouth shop window
Simon Hart's cardboard cake now playing a starring role in a Portsmouth shop window
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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Proud monarchist Simon Hart has often featured in these pages and has frequently mentioned one of his favourite childhood haunts – the U-Need-Us Portsmouth party store.

As a child, with his nose pressed against the window of the Arundel Street shop, he could never have dreamed that one day his own creations would be featured in the display.

The Dorothy Wilding photograph of the Queen at the beginning of her reign

The Dorothy Wilding photograph of the Queen at the beginning of her reign

If you pop along to the shop for the next few days you will see Simon’s hand-made tribute to the Queen who, next Wednesday, will become the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

Simon, from Fareham, says: ‘I have loaned to U-Need-Us my tinted framed photograph from the Dorothy Wilding Studios of the Queen at the beginning of her reign. It now appears in the beautifully-decorated window to mark next week’s historic occasion.’

There is also his cardboard cake.

Simon adds: ‘It was inspired by wartime when cardboard cake covers were fashionable because of the rationing of sugar. The adornments are inspired by the past and include wallpaper beads in red, white and blue, a red pompom made in the traditional way through an old cardboard milk bottle top, and tassles.

Simon Hart's celebratory cake board

Simon Hart's celebratory cake board

‘The piping was done with a vintage metal Nutbrown deluxe icing set.

‘These are all things readers may have made during their childhood,’ he adds.

He has also written this poem to mark the day, verse he has sent to the Queen.

Longest Reign Day

Simon Hart's home-made cake decorations

Simon Hart's home-made cake decorations

Just once in a lifetime

You’ll be able to say

‘Hip hip hooray,

It’s longest reign day!’

This 9th day of September

is a day to remember

In the 64th year of the
 reign

History is made again

In the year of our Lord

Two thousand and fifteen

Longest reign day is

achieved by our Queen!