Scouts go nuts for record bid

Allerton Bywater scouts are stringing conkers in a Guinness World Record attempt for Children in Need. They needed to string more than five thousand together to get the record. (P524A347)
Allerton Bywater scouts are stringing conkers in a Guinness World Record attempt for Children in Need. They needed to string more than five thousand together to get the record. (P524A347)
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A nutty world record is in the offing for Kippax Scout Group after they strung over 7,000 conkers to raise around £300 for Children in Need.

Scouts, cubs and beavers of 1st St Mary’s Kestrels needed to string together at least 5,000 conkers to beat the record, but managed to create a chain of 7,529 in just three hours.

Alan Hartley, scout leader, said: “We wanted to do some fundraising for Children in Need so we came up with the idea of a world record of creating the longest line of nuts with conkers.

“It went really well. Everyone joined in and a lot of the parents stayed around to help too.”

Around 50 children took part in the world record challenge, which took place last Tuesday night at St Mary’s Church hall in Allerton Bywater.

Alan added: “We’ve sent off all the evidence and photographs to Guinness World Records, so hopefully we’ll get a certificate and be included in the book.”