Shoppers scramble for limited edition tins of Heinz spaghetti to mark Spaghetti Junction’s 50th birthday

Fans of Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction can snap up limited edition tins of Heinz pasta today, created to celebrate the network’s 50th anniversary. And what better way of marking the milestone than to eat spaghetti strands shaped like the M6 and A38? No, we’re not kidding.

Five-hundred tins, featuring unique labels, are being sold online to mark the junction’s birthday tomorrow, May 24. The landmark structure first opened to drivers in 1972.

A limited edition tin of Heinz Spaghetti Junction pasta created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction.

At the time, it was described by the environment minister as “the most exciting day in the history of the road system”.

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Officially known as the Gravelly Hill Interchange, the multi-level labyrinth was given its nickname after a Birmingham Mail reporter described its design as a “cross between a plate of spaghetti, and an unsuccessful attempt at a Staffordshire knot”.

Highways England has welcomed Heinz’s decision to produce the cans, calling it a “fitting tribute”.

Spaghetti junction.

Highways customer service director Melanie Clarke said: “It’s a fitting tribute to see Spaghetti Junction immortalised in – of course – a tin of spaghetti. It goes to show the enduring appeal of the road 50 years on since it first opened to traffic.

“The structure is a real feat of engineering, and it’s an iconic part of England’s motorway network. From the moment it first opened, it really captured the imagination of the public and motorists.”

The junction, which took four years to build, is used by around 220,000 vehicles per day. Its complicated appearance from the air has previously served as an inspiration for vestments worn by clergy in Birmingham, as well as jigsaws and art deco posters.

The opening of Spaghetti junction 24th May 1972.

In 2018, Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell marked 50 years since construction began on the network by creating a dish called ‘Truffled A38’.

Gina Cock, of Heinz Pasta, said: “We love to bring smiles to mealtimes and when we heard it was the 50th anniversary of Spaghetti Junction this year, we couldn’t resist designing this playful limited edition can to celebrate.

“We think the Spaghetti Junction is as iconic as our very own tinned spaghetti. It was only right that they joined forces on such a special anniversary.”

The £1.50 tributes are available on the Heinz to Home website, and are expected to sell out quickly.

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