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Sunderland hotel recruits school pupils to host wartime-themed afternoon tea

Pic caption: Emma Blyth, Pupil Aspirations and Progression Coordinator at Sandhill View School and Raoul Lemmerling, General Manager at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel enjoy afternoon tea served by Michael Jameson, Executive Head Chef at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel and the winning students Chloe Farr, Elle Todd, Jessica Wilkinson, Lucy Prior and Allyson Stonehouse.

Pic caption: Emma Blyth, Pupil Aspirations and Progression Coordinator at Sandhill View School and Raoul Lemmerling, General Manager at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel enjoy afternoon tea served by Michael Jameson, Executive Head Chef at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel and the winning students Chloe Farr, Elle Todd, Jessica Wilkinson, Lucy Prior and Allyson Stonehouse.

HOTEL guests will be able to sample a taste of wartime Britain, thanks to Sunderland students.

A group of Year 9 pupils from Sandhill View School has won a competition to design a special afternoon tea as part of Work Discovery Week 2014.

Now, the 13 and 14-year-olds are putting the finishing touches to their First World War-themed offering, which will be served to diners at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, July 1.

Emma Blyth, pupil aspirations and progression co-ordinator at the Grindon Lane school, said: “The girls were inspired by the centenary of the First World War and worked tirelessly together to develop an afternoon tea that would help mark this occasion.

“They are extremely excited to have won and we can’t wait to work alongside the team at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel, to bring their ideas to life for the enjoyment of hotel guests and the general public.”

Earlier this week the students met with staff at the Seaburn hotel to discuss how their Flanders Field Feast could be brought to life, including whether traditional recipes could be used to re-create popular wartime dishes, such as corned beef sandwiches, jam tarts and fruit cake.

The Marriott Hotel has now issued an appeal for First World War memorabilia, which could be displayed on the day. Anyone who has any items should email kate.harland@marriotthotels.com

 

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