The Great British Tea Party

Image: Lashara Van Heerden 

[Hannah Bicknell | Features Editor]

“Let’s get ready to rumble!” boomed from the DJ deck and a sea of people swarmed to the Elehouse. Eagerness was in the atmosphere and the Great British Tea Party was in full swing!

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A queue the length of the Elehouse greeted new arrivals, and the smell of fresh cakes and milky tea stirring in the air helped set the scene. An opportunity created for the new international students to become introduced to a slice of Britain, soon developed into a resounding hub for fun and games, specifically, giant snakes and ladders and Hoopla! Crush Radio provided the soundtrack to the day, a ‘Best of British’ selection by British artists and musicians, that ranged from Elton John to the much loved TV personalities: Ant and Dec.

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A selection of societies that mainly catered to the interests of international students were available for the students to peruse. The societies varied from the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Adullam Campus Fellowship, to the Korean Pop Society and Marrow Society; all very happy with the turnout, and inspired by the amount of students excited about joining, with sign-up sheets filling quickly. Societies and Media Coordinator, Sarah Bennett, commented on the event: “Today is a definite snapshot of what is to come for the next few weeks, especially around Freshers’.”

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Seeing as it was a traditional fair, there was an abundance of tea and a varied selection of baked British classics on offer. Including 200 cupcakes and 150-something cookies, decorated with Union Jack flags and sprinkles, all of which were provided by the Boys Don’t Bake Company. Also among the choices were Mr Kipling favourites; good old McVitie’s Digestives, finger sandwiches (yes they had cucumber ones!) and a scone stand.  Here, students were given the opportunity to put their own scone together using clotted cream and jam. The culinary ventures were well received by the students and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy putting their own scones together. Some students had never experienced this particular tradition and of course, the age old debate of cream first or jam first came into play! A lot of students commented saying it was something they would definitely try again and some had mixed responses to the traditional tastes, but overall they were pleased to have had the opportunity to try them, and it was a very enjoyable experience.

Image: Lashara Van Heerden
Image: Lashara Van Heerden

What do you think goes first? #Cream or jam? Tweet us @TridentMediaUK!

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The Great British Tea Party