Harrodian raised £1,355 for charity (www.giveafuture.org.uk) and achieved a Guinness World Record for creating the longest cracker pulling chain! We are now the current world record holders, beating the last attempt of 749 people in Birmingham.
On Thursday 10 December 2015 a recorded total of 1077 Harrodians congregated on the school grounds, interlinking arms and holding crackers, to form one continuous zigzagging chain. Mrs O’Neill, Head of Lower Prep, and a team of staff expertly managed the process, ensuring that the Guinness World Record guidelines were adhered to and all necessary evidence submitted.
Mr Jamie Theakston, Radio Heart FM presenter and Harrodian parent, launched the event with an entertaining countdown that involved Mr Hooke in a version of his radio show’s game ‘Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! ' A group of 22 independent volunteers acting as stewards, verified the number of people present and crackers pulled with two external witnesses, PC Clare Wilding and Mr Lockett of Age UK, also authenticating the process.
Harrodian is now featured on the Guinness World Records website (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-christmas-cracker-pulling-chain) and will hopefully be featured in the book at a later date. Once published, reference copies of the hardback volume will be made available in both libraries, the Café, Senior Office and at Reception.
Congratulations and thank you to all those who took part!