Strawberries in the rain but no Pimms at Wimbledon

Thu Aug 2, 2012 3:05am EDT
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By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - The Olympics have banned Pimms from Wimbledon, prompting British number one Andy Murray's mother Judy to joke: "No point going then."

But the genteel matrons of middle England who go to the grand slam tournament every summer need not panic - you can still purchase a traditional punnet of Wimbledon strawberries and cream and enjoy them huddled in the rain.

"Pimms is not a sponsor (at the London 2012 Games) but we do have a cocktail called Number One. It is very refreshing," venue media manager John Dolan assured Wimbledon diehards.

Wimbledon at the Olympics offers a very different fan base from the middle-class battalions who pour into the tournament each year from the home counties around London.

Young Londoner Elizabeth Attah said on her debut admiring its hallowed courts, "I have watched Wimbledon on television all my life. I love it here. It's all going swimmingly."

But 79-year-old Wimbledon veteran Cecilia Goodall was not so sure about all the Olympic razzmatazz.

"It is totally different," she said. "I am an old lady and easily shocked. There are far too many rules about bags and taking water in."

The crowd at the Olympic tournament is dotted with women cradling babes in arms. When a baby got particularly vociferous in one match, the umpire politely asked her: "Can you quieten the wee one?"   Continued...

Women drink a traditional Pimm's Cup cocktail as they wait for the start of the second race during Ladies Day at Epsom Racecourse in southern England June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett