A right royal tank top knitted for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 has become a family heirloom.
Sharon Genovese, now 44, was five years old when she wore the red, white and blue tank top knitted by her gran, Milly Beeston.
“I wore it for a school celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee,” said Sharon.
As the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee approached in 2012, Sharon told her mum, Joan Rear, that her elder son, Thomas, was dressing up for the occasion.
Sharon told us: “Mum said ‘I have still got that tank top in the loft so I will get it out’.
“Mum kept it because it was so special.”
I think we are probably going to keep the tank top and pass it on to our grandchildren one day.Sharon Genovese
Thomas, now nine, was five years old when he wore the tank top at Deeping Show. At the time Sharon sent us a picture of Thomas wearing the top, a cup he won and one of his entries for the event, which featured a Diamond Jubilee design.
Sharon also sent us an old picture of herself wearing the top with its distinctive row of crowns around the hemline.
On Saturday, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, the honour of wearing the family tank top will fall to Sharon’s son Simon (4).
Sharon is married to restaurant manager Moddy (49).
Sharon says: “He is sadly too big to wear it so he won’t get a turn.”
The brothers attend William Hildyard School in Market Deeping with Simon going to the nursery there.
Future generations there may come across pupils wearing a distinctive top for royal celebrations.
Sharon explained: “I think we are probably going to keep the tank top and pass it on to our grandchildren one day.”