IN A poll by The Extra last week, an overwhelming majority said they would not be celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee in any way.
More than 87 per cent of our website visitors and Facebook followers won’t be doing anything to mark the occasion, while 13 per cent will be throwing or attending a private party.
The Extra took to the streets to find out more about why the Queen’s diamond jubilee has not captured the public’s imagination.
Michelle Eadie, a 43-year-old bank worker shopping with children Nicola and Liam, told The Extra: “I’ll be celebrating — but I’ll only be celebrating the fact I get an extra day off work.
“People are so busy that they are more excited about having an extra day’s holiday than thinking about why”.
Bill Small from Newton Mearns is keeping an open mind.
He said: “I have not planned to do anything.
“There doesn’t seem to be too many options. I’ll maybe do something but I have not had too much time to think about it
“It seems to be a bigger thing in England than in Scotland”.
Ronald and Alva Campbell, also from Newton Mearns will be celebrating “in private with friends”.
“We don’t usually take part in big celebrations”, said Ronald.
Managers at the Avenue Steve Brewster and Michelle McCabe are getting in the mood by having their picture taken with a cut out of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, which will be at the Avenue this weekend.
There’s also a Waterstones street party on Saturday, while a caricaturist will be doing the rounds on Sunday.
Next Thursday (June 7), there’s a royal tea dance in Primavera and jubilee goodies will be handed throughout the week.
But George Stewart, a 55-year-old baker from Newton Mearns, will be working during the holiday.
He told The Extra: “Unfortunately I won’t be able to take part in any celebrations but we’ll be making lots of special cakes for the occasion so I’ll be kept very busy.
“I’m happy to be serving the public — somebody has to! It’ll be a big day”.
Celebrations will be going ahead throughout the holiday weekend, with eyes turning to Giffnock on Tuesday, when a full stretch of Eastwood Avenue will be shut off, from the junction with Church Road.
Meanwhile Scientists at the University of Glasgow have created an unusual tribute to Her Majesty the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee — the world’s smallest commemorative coin, made from a tiny sliver of diamond.
The coin, created at the university’s James Watt Nanofabrication centre, measures just 750 nanometres across and features an image of the Queen’s profile just 580 nanometres high.