Representatives from Sight Support HEY (pictured above) joined in with a total of 1,054 people from across the UK to munch their way into the Guinness World Records hall of fame by taking part in the largest cream tea party.

TV personality Scarlett Moffatt played host at the party which was designed to bring people together 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 including countless people from community groups and projects that have received National Lottery funding over the years.

Etiquette expert William Hanson was on hand to help solve the great cream tea debate – jam before cream, milk before tea or vice versa?

The previous world record was set in July last year with 978 people attending.

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.

The National Lottery also funds The Big Lunch, an annual UK-wide event that brings people and communities together over the first weekend in June. Around 6 million people take part in The Big Lunch each year.

By funding grassroots organisations, village halls, youth clubs and community centres, The National Lottery has been fundamental to community life in the UK. The majority (70 per cent) of National Lottery grants are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community.

Discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has had on your community over the past 25 years by visiting and get involved by using the 25th hashtag: #NationalLottery25.

About The National Lottery and its 25th Birthday celebration

The National Lottery’s Birthday celebrations are running for an eight-week period (from 14 October until 6 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.

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.

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.