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Bunting record 'doubled' as people given focus while in lockdown

A line of knitted bunting - largely created while in lockdown - has almost doubled an existing Guinness World Record in length

Just over 79,00 knitted flags were created by thousands of contributors from across the world, way over double the amount made by the previous record-holders, according to Deborah Custance Baker, Chief Steward for Crafts & Gardens at Devon County Show who came up with the idea and lodged the attempt with Guinness World Records.

A continuous line of bunting was laid out, with each knitted pennant positioned at no more than 2 inches apart, across the 4590 square metre floor space of Westpoint Arena in Exeter.

Many contributors said it gave them something to do while in lockdown.

The measuring was performed by Chartered Surveyor and official measurer, Will Morrison from Strutt & Parker in Exeter with a measuring wheel and a total of 14,279 kms in length was recorded, verified by Will Morrison and witnessed by thee adjudicators – Lord Devon, Cllr Phil Twiss and TV Presenter and crafter Kirstie Allsopp.  

The existing record is held by Upton House and comprises 31,119 flags and measured 7.5kms in length.

Deborah Custance Baker said: "The crafts and garden marquee is one of the most popular sections at Devon County Show and all of our stewards and visitors are really hands-on.  Every challenge we’ve set them so far they’ve not only succeeded in achieving, but have blown our expectations out of the water.  The bunting is no exception.  

"We cannot believe people’ s dedication and commitment to the task.  We thought we might just beat the existing record but doubling it is a truly astonishing feat.’

"We do know that this is partly to do with lockdown.  Many of our contributors have commented on how knitting has really helped them through this difficult period of self-isolation by giving them a sense of purpose.  

"Several who had committed to making just a few, suddenly found they had both the time and inclination to double, even triple their original pledges.’

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