London world record for longest bunting challenged by West Country villages

17:24 02 June 2012

London currently holds the world record for the longest continuous decoration. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

London currently holds the world record for the longest continuous decoration. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Three cheeky West Country villages are trying to snatch the world record for the longest bunting away from London.

Competitive communities are trying to set a new best distance for the longest continuous stretch of decoration.

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 a challenge to the record from Cheddar in Somerset, Randwick in Gloucestershire and Morchard Bishop in mid Devon.

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.

Paul Lacey, chairman of the Cheddar Traders’ Association, said: “We’re delighted and extremely proud of what the village is achieving and we hope it will be a fitting way to celebrate the Jubilee.”

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.

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.

Ms Cousins told the Express and Echo: “We decided before we started to try to break a world record but it was a case of deciding what sort of record to break - and bunting seemed like a good idea because we’d be making it anyway.”

Londoners, get together now and stop the travesty of this record being stolen from the capital!

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