Leeds nostalgia: George gears up to make world’s biggest milkshake... in May 1999

George Psarias, of the Olive Tree restaurant at Rodley, Leeds, tastes a sample of milk shake during his record breaking attempt for the worlds largest milk shake at Ripley on Sunday.
George Psarias, of the Olive Tree restaurant at Rodley, Leeds, tastes a sample of milk shake during his record breaking attempt for the worlds largest milk shake at Ripley on Sunday.
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Leeds restaurateur George Psarias was planning to enter the record books by making the world’s biggest milkshake.

George, who owned the Olive Tree restaurant, Rodley at the time, was hoping to make the attempt at the Great Yorkshire Show in July of that year.

At the time, the record stood at 7,400 litres, which was made at Nelspruit, South Africa on March 1994.

Mr Psarias said he was planning to shatter the record by creating a 9,000 litre drink - equivalent to over 15,000 ordinary sized milkshakes.

“We want to blow the present record out of the water,” said the exuberant restaurant owner, who was already entered into the Guinness Book of Records after he created the world’s longest kebab at 324.9m in 1990.

He was offering to allow people to taste the chocolate shake for a small donation and had already been in touch with a local dairy to source the required milk. The record attempt took place in June 1999 at Ripley Castle.

In 2010, George and his wife, NAME, scooped the YEP’s Outstanding Acheivement gong at our annual Oliver Awards.

The restaurant opened in 1986.

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