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Local people urged to join Scarlett Moffatt for record breaking Cream Tea party to celebrate The National Lottery's 25th Birthday

18th October 2019

TV personality Scarlett Moffatt will play host to a giant Cream Tea Party in a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ bid.

Scarlett Moffatt

The event is part of the celebrations for The National Lottery’s 25th birthday and will take place at midday on Wednesday 23 October at the iconic Sage Gateshead building on the banks of the river Tyne.

Scarlett will be back on her home turf in the North East, giving a warm welcome to diners from across the region and the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To beat the record for the Largest cream tea party – which currently stands at 978 participants - everyone taking part must drink a cup of tea with milk and eat at least one wheat scone with clotted cream and jam.

The event is free, but to allow The National Lottery to provide enough scones and tea - and to set a new world record - all guests must register via

The Sage Gateshead, the venue for the cream tea world record attempt (Photo Credit David Tiernan)

Over the last 25 years, The National Lottery has invested £1.1 billion into bringing people together. This funding – raised by players of The National Lottery - has helped to transform community life across the UK, supporting the ideas and projects that matter to local people and their communities.

Discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has had on your community - visit and get involved by using the hashtag: #NationalLottery25.

Notes to editors

About The National Lottery and its 25th Birthday celebration:

● The National Lottery’s celebrations are running for a eight-week period (from 16 Oct until the Beginning of December). There are some incredible activities planned across the UK to celebrate the good causes that have been made possible thanks to National Lottery players over the last 25 years.

● Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.

● The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK, and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing around £30 million to good causes every week.

● The National Lottery has made more than 5,500 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes - over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.