The visit of President George W Bush to the former mining village of Trimdon in County Durham was described as like “the day before Christmas” by Denis Jordan, one of The Grocer4 Independents’ diary contributors.
Bush was visiting prime minister Tony Blair at his constituency home in Trimdon, just a stone’s throw from Jordan’s village store.
“It was very busy. We were rushed off our feet making sandwiches and selling ready meals,” said Jordan. “Everyone was on a high. It was like the day before Christmas.”
Jordan said he had TV crews, journalists and “FBI-types” in long coats and dark glasses in his store with American customers asking for “strange types of sandwiches”.
He even provided free cups of tea for reporters.
However, he still managed to find time to shut up shop for half an hour to see the president’s helicopters land on the village green.
“It was a smashing day,” added Jordan.