Academy Transformation Trust Further Education college, based at Sutton Community Academy, High Pavement, wanted to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – celebrating 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952.
Liz Barrett, college principal, said: “We wanted to bring joy to the communities we serve in way of celebrating the Jubilee.
“An education focus is ‘life in modern Britain’ and it felt fitting to explore age-old traditions such as democracy and cream scones.”
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She said the college initially wanted to break the Guinness World Record for cream teas, but had to scale back its plans after learning it would cost at least £18,000 to do so.
However, the college still managed to supply 10,000 cream teas to schools, care homes, day centres and more across the area, thanks to help from Huthwaite-based B Taylor and Sons, Nottinghamshire Police’s Ashfield policing team and wedding venue Alfreton Hall.
Ms Barrett said: “Some 10,000 primary school, secondary school, college, stakeholders, partners, day centre and care-home residents participated in this community record each receiving a cream scone, jam, cream, flag, crown and activity book.
“It was a magnificent occasion with lots of smiles, red, white and blue and debate around whether it is jam or cream first.”
A spokesman for the Ashfield policing team said: “Donating cream teas to the children in Ashfield really is the perfect way to kick start the Jubilee celebrations.”