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Flags unfurled for world record win

Malvern Editorial 20th Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

GROUPS and individuals across Malvern have helped smash the world record for the longest line of bunting to raise money for Children in Need.

More than 40,000 flags were hung from the roof of the Avon Hall at the Three Counties Showground last Friday (November 15) creating just over six miles of bunting – more than double the old record of 2.9 miles.

BBC Hereford and Worcester launched the attempt at the end of September and in six weeks scores of groups and individuals contributed including many from Malvern such as Stitch 45, Bubbling Designs, Dynastic Art, Crafty Ladies Café in the Green, Friends of the Elderly Howbury Lodge Day Centre, Malvern Event Organiser, The Three Counties Showground itself and many more.

The flags will be sold off in the coming weeks to raise money for Children in Need however more than £2,000 has already been pledged from Friday’s events and activities which saw zumba and mini golf and lines of traders fill the Avon Hall.

Organisers will still be at the venue all day Thursday and Friday morning for anyone who is still yet to contribute to the record breaking drive.

Mandi Harris, BBC Hereford and Worcester co-ordinator, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from so many listeners and their friends who never fail to support some of the weird and wacky things we have asked them to help us with over the years.

“We were confident we would beat the World Record, but when we had gone past it at lunch time, we knew we were onto something special, and in the end we doubled the old record.

“I cannot thank everyone enough, especially the volunteers, from the bunters to Fred our brilliant engineer who came up with a way to hang 40,000 flags.”

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