Bunting bid to break records

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 May 2012

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A VILLAGE is putting on a Diamond Jubilee celebration with a difference – by attempting to break a world record with its decorations.

Organisers in Cheddar are aiming to create a single string of bunting 4.5km long which will stretch through the village and up the gorge.

The bunting is being prepared and stitched in 50 metre sections, with much of the work being undertaken by Lynne Hebborne of the Time Out craft shop in Bath Street.

Youngsters from Cheddar First School and Axbridge First School are also decorating more than 1,000 white pendants.

The entire community is pitching in, with the parish council, Cheddar Garden Centre and other traders making contributions. Cheddar Gorge & Caves, run by Longleat Estates, has also provided 1.5km worth of the bunting to help set the record.

Organisers will have to take hundreds of pictures to prove the bunting is continuous as well as make a sworn statement in front of a solicitor before employing a surveyor to measure it accurately.

Paul Lacey, chairman of the Cheddar Traders’ Association, said: “This has truly been an extraordinary challenge we’ve set ourselves and it would not have been possible without the support of the entire community.

“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.”

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