Beautiful Sheffield bunting breaks world record

Five-year-old Megan shows her support for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as a new world record set today for the longest consecutive line of bunting measuring 3800 metres and including 14000 individual flags, in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
Five-year-old Megan shows her support for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as a new world record set today for the longest consecutive line of bunting measuring 3800 metres and including 14000 individual flags, in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
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A WORLD record was smashed at Clumber Park near Worksop - where the longest ever line of bunting stretched for 3,800m.

National Trust staff beat the existing world record of 3,427.94m, set in London last May.

A trundle wheel was used to measure the stretch of red, white and blue which included 14,000 individual flags.

Thousands were cut, decorated, sewn and strung up around the site in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Annie Bethell, volunteer programme manager, said afterwards she was tired but elated. “We sort of very jokingly said, ‘Oh let’s have a look at how long the record is’, and it escalated from there,” she said.

But staff and visitors at Clumber Park may have to wait a while longer to see if they have secured the record for good - after villagers in Cheddar in Somerset, Randwick in Gloucestershire, and Morchard Bishop in mid Devon all joined in the challenge also hoping to break the record.

Miss Bethell said the 14,000 flags at Clumber Park had taken about three months to complete, and contributions had come in from schools, community groups and educational organisations across the surrounding area.

Some featured hand-drawn pictures of the Queen and Union flags, while others simply bore the words Diamond Jubilee and Sixty.

Miss Bethell said lots of visitors dropped in to the park to help and many helped out by sewing some of the thousands of flags themselves.

“People are really proud of it, they really have made it their own and they feel very proud and very passionate about it,” she added.

The bunting will remain on show at Clumber for a few days, depending on the weather, before it is sent on a tour around schools and groups in the area.

The rest will remain at Clumber Park for weddings and other events.