Cream or jam first?

The National Trust has had a torrid year so far, from scrapping Easter to demanding that volunteers wear gay pride badges. But it has just got worse.

The marketing department of Lanhydrock House, a National Trust property in Cornwall, used a photograph of a cream tea scone with jam on top of the cream – the Devon way of serving a cream tea.

Uproar was immediate.

The advert which was posted on social media by Lanhydrock House was called ‘shocking and disgusting.’

Cornish members of the National Trust have threatened to boycott the charity. One member said: “My membership is well and truly over”. A spokesperson for Lanhydrock House said sorry for the mistake and added: “The member of staff responsible has been reprimanded and marched back over the Tamar.”

There is an ongoing argument between Devon and Cornwall on how you should serve a cream tea, as Devon believe cream should be put on to the scone first and then the jam, the Cornish way is jam on the scone first and cream on top. But as a photographer I can understand how this could have happened – a splash of red jam on white cream looks a lot better than the other way around.

Oops I might have just started a diplomatic incident.

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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