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Two for Tees in couple's big starring role.

EVERYTHING stopped for tea when Paul and Gloria Clemmons were poured a cup of fragrant Earl Grey in Stockton town centre.

It transported the harassed parents back to "the olden days" and traditional visits to grandma's for Sunday afternoon tea.

"To be honest it was a breath of fresh air in the middle of shopping with the kids," said 43-year-old security firm boss Paul.

The teatime treat was the idea of film makers keen to capture Tees Valley folk talking about what makes them tick.

Now Paul and Gloria star with 50 other locals in Tea Side: A Travelling Tearoom, produced by North-east company Skimstone, which premiers on the Big Screen in Middlesbrough's Centre Square tomorrow - and Big Screens nationwide.

Teessiders were invited into the tearoom in a white van - and found themselves enjoying a cuppa in the spitting image of every nan's front parlour recreated by the documentary.

Gloria said: "They got me to sing Roger Whittaker's Streets of London which took me straight back to my music teacher. I'm not looking forward to seeing that!" Tomorrow's party between 2-4pm outside mima offers the chance to enjoy a free cuppa before the Boro v Fulham match as well as tea cup rides, vintage clothing and sweet stalls..

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2009
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