New gunge world record

Magna World record Gunge attempt
Magna World record Gunge attempt
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GUNGE, gunge and more gunge.

It wasn’t the biggest gunge fight in the world - but it was the longest.

Organisers of the world record gunge fighting attempt fell a little short of numbers when only around 150 people turned up at the Magna Centre in Rotherham.

The record, you see, stands at 500.

But they still managed to smash the record for the longest gunge fight - by completing three minutes of mucky mayhem.

The event was organised by TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips, to raise cash for children’s charity SAFE@LAST.

Big kids might remember Dave from his days with the cult CBBC gunge gameshow Get Your Own Back which gave kids the chance to dunk a hapless grown-up in gunge.

Dave, aged 46, said: “People always asked me what the gunge feels like, but it’s difficult to describe. This lot will certainly know now.”

The fight launched Rotherham Children’s Festival which runs from Monday, June 27 to July 15.

The rest of the festival includes Shakespeare performed by primary school children with support from the Open Minds Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Picture This exhibition features creative work from local schools while the RotherMunch challenge will encourage healthy eating among young people.

The arts will be represented by the Rotherham Children’s Book Awards.

There will also be the Roscars, the annual awards ceremony for pupils’ work in short films, split into four categories.

For younger children there’s the Big Rotherham Nursery Rhyme Sing-along-athon, an attempt to try and create the biggest ever group in Rotherham singing rhymes together.

The festival will round off on July 15 with a special event for grown-ups who want to return to their youth with a performance by 1990s hitmaker Chesney Hawkes.