Commemorative wedding wine

Keith Garnett with his commemorative bottle of wine''w111507a   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Keith Garnett with his commemorative bottle of wine''w111507a Picture: Ceri Oakes

A 30-YEAR-OLD bottle of wine commemorating the last major Royal wedding has been uncovered in a Whitby man’s wardrobe.

Keith Garnett, of Saxon Road, was cleaning out a wardrobe when he uncovered the special edition bottle created to mark the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981.

Keith Garnett with his commemorative bottle of wine''w111507b   Picture: Ceri Oakes

Keith Garnett with his commemorative bottle of wine''w111507b Picture: Ceri Oakes

Mr Garnett’s wife Winifred, who passed away last June, was given the bottle by her mother, a long-time employee of the Royal Hotel on West Cliff.

The bottle was placed in the bottom of the wardrobe and forgotten about for thirty years, until Mr Garnett decided to do some spring cleaning.

However, despite being rediscovered, the vintage bottle is unlikely to be opened in the near future as Mr Garnett said: “I’m not going to drink it, I’m a beer man.

“I’ve offered it to my lad because he’s getting married soon, but he said no, he doesn’t want to crack it open.”

The bottle is in good condition and carries a wax stamp of authenticity and Jamie Richards, a valuer at David Duggleby auctioneers in Scarborough, said it could be a valuable collector’s item.

He added: “There has been none on the market in recent times so it could be quite a rare and unusual item.

“In the current climate, with the wedding coming up and everything it could be worth as much as £100.”

Mr Garnett said that he had no plans to sell the bottle, so it may well remain a family heirloom for many years to come.