A Royal wedding is certainly a cause for celebration, but for one South Yorkshire company, there’s more reason than ever to be raising a glass to the royal couple. Gala Tent, based in the Dearne Valley near Rotherham, has seen a 30 per cent increase in orders for garden marquees in the last month – which it attributes, in part, to people planning events to mark the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle!
Jason Mace, managing director of Gala Tent, says “We saw a similar increase in marquee sales just before Prince William’s wedding back in 2011. In addition, it’s the FA Cup final on the same day after the wedding coverage has finished, so lots of people are seeing it as a chance for a double celebration!”
Jason adds: “People love to hold a party at home but often don’t have the space, whereas a garden marquee or gazebo can mean you can invite the whole family or all the neighbours! We’ve also had a number of enquiries from people organising street parties to mark the Royal occasion and looking for marquees or gazebos to provide cover. It’s a great opportunity for a community to get together and celebrate – and with a garden marquee you don’t need to worry about the weather!”
The company has seen the biggest rise in demand for the 3m x 2m Gala Tent marquee and 3m x 6m Gala Tent Marquee Pro.
Keynote research has revealed that people are spending more time entertaining at home, rather than going out and that 80% of people see the garden as somewhere to relax and entertain friends and family.
Gala Tent offers a wide variety of marquees and gazebos to suit both large and more compact garden and patio areas. All products are quick and simple to erect and are designed to withstand the worst of the British weather, with selected products tested to withstand up to 80 mph winds.
Founded in 1999, Gala Tent has grown to sell over 10,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 90,000 event accessories and furniture products in the UK.
In the UK, Gala Tent is a preferred supplier for organisations including the military, NHS, the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Police Service, St John’s Ambulance and AA, as well as to thousands of homeowners nationally.