47 people from the Belong village in Millers Lane were treated to homemade scones with jam and cream, and a traditional tea served from authentic vintage tea sets, as they joined more than 1,000 others in the town to simultaneously sit down for the record attempt, which was taking place as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week.
And by the time the final crumbs were consumed and the last drop of tea drunk, a new record had been set with an official count of 1,056, beating the previous record of 667 set by Yorkshire Building Society last year.
Marie Calderbank, experience co-ordinator at Belong Wigan, who helped organise the town-wide event along with Wigan public health, said: “We are all delighted to have set a new record. We have to thank all of our Bistro colleagues at the village for how hard they have worked to make sure that everything was ready on time. It’s not everyday you get to take part in a world record attempt and we are really pleased to have achieved it.
“But this event has also been a great way to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration, and the need for providers to be creative in how they deliver this. Our staff take real pride in being able to deliver nutritious meals on a daily basis.”