Hundreds of people across Hartlepool and East Durham feasted on cake to raise cash for charity.
Dozens of schools and organisations took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Among them were the staff and youngsters at Little Treasures Day Nursery, based at the Kilmarnock Family Resource Centre in Owton Manor.
Claire Wainwright, nursery co-ordinator said: “The children baked and decorated cakes to raise money for the cancer charity as well as helping to run the tombola.
“We also had a visit from the bubble man who entertained the children and visitors in the field.”
Children at other primary schools across the town also joined in the fun of coffee morning, including at Catcote Academy, Catcote Road, where the children combined the coffee morning with International Language Day by serving drinks in mugs bearing greetings in European languages and raised £556 with more to come.
Barry Currell, a member of staff at the school, said: “It went exceptionally well and we are really pleased. We were really well supported by students, parents and carers and the community who took part.”
Staff and customers at the Anna Campbell hair salon and Forever Beautiful, who share the same premises in York Road, also tucked into cakes with their cuppas.
Anna said: “We literally had hundreds of cakes. The staff all baked and we also held a raffle with lots of prizes donated. The atmosphere was great and we even had people who are not customers coming in for a cup of tea and a cake.”
In fact, there were so many sweet treats, the salon held a similar event the following morning.
Anna said: “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. A lot of my customers have needed Macmillan.”
At Heron Foods in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre the theme was Go For Green and all the staff dressed in the bright green.
Manager Carl Bartlett, said Macmillan has been chosen as charity of the year for the company and each shop is tasked to raise £1,200 over the year.
He said the coffee morning alone raised more than £250 so they are well on track to smash the target.
Carl said: “We had a brilliant say, it was really, really good. Out customers were so supportive, some were putting £10 notes into the bucket.”
Among the other organisations who joined in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning were Comfort Call based at Albany Court, in Hartlepool, which raised £358.50 and Thornley Village Centre in Thornley which raised £170.