A COUPLE had their frying-pans at the ready when they served breakfast to more than 140 guests at their home during a two-day charity event.
Gill and Bryan Hesselgrave, of Stonehouse Farm, Hellingly, assembled a crack team of three friends to help them with the two-day breakfast marathon, which saw dozens of diners tucking in to locally sourced produce while helping to raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute. This was the fifth year the Hesslegraves had taken part in Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which is organised by the Home Grown Cereals Authority and National Farmers’ Union to highlight the benefits of a great start to the day.
The couple managed to fit 29 diners in one sitting, with guests seated in their conservatory, living room and kitchen.
“We did 70 yesterday and we did slightly more than 70 today,” said Gill.
“We usually work out how many we have done by counting the eggs.
We’ve served up more than we have done over the years. We couldn’t cope with many more people – we had someone in every seat.
“The five of us were flat out, we had to keep re-sitting because when one lot left there was a mad rush to get the next lot through.
“People were very generous this year, we asked for a donation of £6 but a lot of people gave us a lot more,” she added.