Portsmouth Tea Company Claims World Record for the UK
|Published: 16th November 2011 09:46|
Andrew Gadsden, Managing Director of All About Tea,
with Anna Orford, Guinness World Records Adjudicator
Portsmouth tea company, All About Tea, smashed the Guinness world record this afternoon at 1.30pm with their 120 kilogram teabag on board the HMS warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The world record had previously been held by America, at 68.49 kilograms but this local tea company has taken the lead by miles.
‘All About Tea' has been running for four and a half years. The Guinness world records contacted them to see if they wanted to take part in breaking the record. They, of course, jumped at the chance.
Andrew Gadsden, 36, the managing director of All About Tea, prior to achieving the world record said: ‘The record for the world's largest tea bag should be held in Britain the tea drinking nation.'
The eight foot square tea bag created by Westhouse textiles in Fratton took four hours to make. Then it took four men three hours to fill it with their brand ‘Portsmouth Tea'. It was transported from Fratton by lorry and took six men to get it on board HMS warrior.
The impressive tea bag could make a staggering 50,800 cups of tea.
Anna Orford and Jacqueline Fitt, the Guinness world records adjudicators, came down to weigh the tea bag. They have awarded records to the largest milkshake, the largest serving of baked potato but have never seen a tea bag like this before.
Anna said: ‘It's exactly like a tea bag but upscaled, it looks like a giant pillow.'
Upon winning the world record Andrew commented: ‘If anyone tries to take it from us again we will take it straight back.'
Cheryl Buggy, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, said: ‘The most impressive thing is that it really smells like tea. It is so nice to have a record in the city.'
‘Portsmouth Tea' is locally blended. It is not yet in the supermarkets but we definitely need to watch out for it soon.
By Laura Gale