Postmaster Walieed Ramzan, who serves the community of Scone, laid on a traditional Scottish scone tea for customers as an early celebration to mark the Queen’s 70 years of reign.
Walieed is the Postmaster for Kennoway and he operates a Mobile Post Office for 16 communities including Scone, which he visits twice a week. For the Queen’s historic milestone, he has decorated his Mobile Post Office with reams of bunting and flags.
Lewis Simpson, the retired Postmaster for Scone, also joined in with the afternoon tea and met some of his customers that he served for 17 years.
It is thought that scones originated in Scotland in 1505. The name scone (pronounced scon in Scotland) is thought to have come from Scone (pronounced scoon). Scone is the village where the Stone of Destiny is located. This is where the Kings of Scotland were coronated. Old Scone was the historic capital of the Kingdom of Scotland.
In Scotland a scone was traditionally more savoury. It is often made with soda, oats or potatoes and cooked on a griddle. They are known as tattie scones. A sweet version in Scotland is now served with butter and jam, but never with cream.
The Duchess of Bedford in England started the tradition of afternoon cream tea in the 1800s at Woburn Abbey. The idea then became popular with high society and for special occasions.
Walieed Ramzan who has operated the Mobile Post Office since 2018, said: “After the last
two years of the pandemic it is great for a community to get together to be able to
celebrate special occasions. It is remarkable that the Queen has reigned for 70 years. What
better way to mark it than enjoying a scone in Scone.”