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Staff and Service Users Munch their Way to a Guiness World Record...

We, along with 1,054 others from across the country, joined TV personality Scarlett Moffatt who played host to a tasty world record attempt on 23 October 2019.

Staff and service users munched their way into the Guinness World Records™ hall of fame by taking part in the largest cream tea party.

The party – designed to bring people together – was held to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday and a quarter of a century of helping to bring communities together. Fittingly it took place at the iconic Sage Gateshead, a National Lottery funded venue.

It saw Scarlett back on her home turf in the North East, where she was joined by a huge range of people intent on beating the record and having some fun.

Scarlett Moffatt said: “Here in the North East we’re known for our community spirit - and we love a party - but what today showed me is that when people get together, great things happen.

“Everyone here today has a story to tell about the amazing things they and others are doing in their communities with the help of National Lottery funding, and it was an honour to be part of it.”

Dawn Austwick, CEO of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Today’s giant cream tea party was all about bringing people and communities together – something that The National Lottery has been doing for 25 years. We’re delighted that people have joined us from across the UK to celebrate by sitting down together, talking and making friends over a cup of tea and a scone. It’s a simple act, but it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Over the last 25 years, The National Lottery has invested £1.1 billion into places that bring people together such as local parks, village halls, community centres and much more. Last year alone, thanks to National Lottery players, £52.5 million was shared with 1,445 community spaces.

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