Bunting world record attempt

An art gallery is making thousands of metres of bunting to beat the world record and celebrate the Olympics.

AN attempt to break the world record for the longest line of bunting will be held to celebrate the Olympic Flame coming to Bideford.

The Burton Art Gallery has joined together with local school and groups to create the bunting through March and April which will wrap up the whole gallery on May 21.

The current world record stands at 3,427.94 metres (11,246 ft, 6 inches) and was achieved by the Fairtrade Foundation in London on May 13, 2011.

Victoria Lindo, learning development officer at the Burton, said: “Anyone can drop in at any time to decorate a flag and add it to the line.

“We probably had about 100 families drop in during the sport relief mile on Sunday, with lots of little children using paint to create colourful flags.

“All the local schools are also taking part, and are hoping to make 100 metres of bunting each to add to the effort.

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“We are hoping to wrap it all around the gallery to celebrate the Olympics, and anyone who wants to be involved is welcome to drop in.”

Cllr Jane Whittaker, lead member for culture, said: “We are very excited that the Olympic Flame is coming to Torridge and are keen to mark the occasion with this memorable record attempt.

“We are delighted that we can be a part of the Olympic celebration by hosting the torch on its way to London and would love people to get involved.”

If you would like to be involved in this world record attempt, contact the Burton on 01237 471455 or email: burtonartgallery@torridge.gov.uk

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