That’s the way to do it! London awarded World Record for first Punch and Judy show

11:50 11 May 2012

London 9th May, London & Partners present Glyn Edwards (Big Grin Festival Director), Bryan Clarke & John Styles MBE on behalf of Punch puppeteers past & present with a new Guinness World Records title for the world’s first recorded Mr Punch puppet show as part of World Record London. Mandatory credit: VisMedia

London 9th May, London & Partners present Glyn Edwards (Big Grin Festival Director), Bryan Clarke & John Styles MBE on behalf of Punch puppeteers past & present with a new Guinness World Records title for the world’s first recorded Mr Punch puppet show as part of World Record London. Mandatory credit: VisMedia

Dan Jones / VisualMedia

London has been awarded a Guinness World Record for the first recorded Mr Punch puppet show, more commonly known today as Punch and Judy.

The award was presented to commemorate 350 years since Mr Punch first appeared in a theatre booth in London’s Covent Garden in May 1662.

The organisers of The Big Grin festival, which takes place this weekend, were the proud recipients of the title.

Robert Styles, associate festival director for The Big Grin, said: “We are delighted that Mr Punch remains a record breaker in the 21st century and is able to celebrate in style thanks to a community education project made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“The award is accepted on behalf of Punch performers past and present who have all played their part in keeping the tradition alive.”

To highlight London’s success this year London & Partners are setting a challenge for the city to break 20 Guinness World Records and become a multi-record breaking city.

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

As a state of emergency is declared in Burkina Faso, what does the future hold for its president and people?

It might not be moving very fast but it’s still causing problems.

After staging an Ebola-themed night, a nightclub has been forced to make an apology after hundreds complained about the tasteless event.

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 16:12
Drivers on the Northern Line are being balloted for strike action over a colleague who was sacked (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Tube drivers on the Northern Line are being balloted on potential strike action over the sacking of a colleague for allegedly drinking on the job.

Yesterday, 19:57
Billie Kane was last seen leaving her home address in Hackney at 11pm on Monday night (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing 16-year-old girl from Hackney with distinctive blue hair.

Yesterday, 17:26
[Photograph by Jeff Moore for Transferwise]

City workers got a fright - and an eyeful - this afternoon when a phalanx of semi-clad skeletons marched from Bank to Old Street.

London Bloggers

Yesterday, 10:07
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit: