Wednesday 13 December 2017

Y-fronts record a real work of art

Fifty-seven Pants to Poverty supporters fitted into a giant pair of pants in London to set a new world record
Fifty-seven Pants to Poverty supporters fitted into a giant pair of pants in London to set a new world record

A giant pair of pants has gone into the record books after 57 people squeezed into the Y-fronts to celebrate Guinness World Records Day.

Ethical underwear brand Pants to Poverty broke the record for Most People in a Single Pair of Pants.

The clothing label was joined by British artist Joe Hill, who broke the Chinese-held record for the largest 3D painting. Mr Hill's street artwork, which depicts an icy gorge, is also the world's longest 3D painting and was shown off in West India Quay, east London, for the annual event.

The 37-year-old artist said he was "over the moon" to have become a record-breaker. "As a London-based artist it is really special to create this artwork in the heart of the city," he said. "And also to be able to bring the world records for 3D art back home to Britain where 3D art first started. I am absolutely over the moon."

More than 300,000 people around the world took part in the day's record-breaking activities. Many chose the occasion to celebrate customs seen as a source of national pride.

In Essex, 334 guests were invited to scoff their way through more than 400 scones as part of the Largest Cream Tea Party.

Jane Malyon, from the English Cream Tea Company, hosted the event. "I'm passionate about sharing quality time with people and the great British tradition of afternoon tea is a favourite way to do this," she said.

"Strangers became friends over scones, cream, jam and tea - and the atmosphere was as special as this amazing Guinness World Record. I'm thrilled by it all."

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, added: "Guinness World Records Day is a chance to celebrate not just incredible individual achievements but also civic and national pride - whether it's the Irish bringing together leprechauns, the Brits serving up cream teas or the Americans performing a mass soul train dance."

All records from Guinness World Records Day 2011 will be shortlisted for inclusion in the next edition of the famous book.

Press Association

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