Thursday 22 March 2018

Villagers vying for bunting record

The current world record for bunting stands at almost 3,428m (11,246ft)
The current world record for bunting stands at almost 3,428m (11,246ft)

The battle of the bunting has begun as communities compete to set a new world record for the longest continuous stretch of decoration.

From craft enthusiasts to primary school children and community groups, people have been busy cutting and sewing red, white and blue triangles.

The current world record of 3,427.94m (11,246.5ft) was set in London on May 13 last year.

But this year the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has brought out the competitive side of villagers of Cheddar in Somerset, Randwick in Gloucestershire, and Morchard Bishop in mid Devon, who are all hoping to break that record.

For weeks they have been busy stitching together sections of bunting to create a single string.

The Cheddar Traders Association said it hopes to hang 4,500m (14,764ft) of bunting through the village and up the famous gorge.

Meanwhile, residents in Randwick have sewed almost 5,000m (6,404ft) of home-made bunting. About 35 people have been involved in making 20,000 fabric triangles following a chat in the pub.

And further south, villagers in Morchard Bishop are also hoping to break the world record this Jubilee weekend.

The idea came from the daughter of Liz Cousins. "It's been a real community initiative," Ms Cousins told the Express and Echo.

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