World record organisers can still smile at failed mile bid

NAWN 1109171 Harvest Festival tins. (1109171AM3)
NAWN 1109171 Harvest Festival tins. (1109171AM3)

ORGANISERS behind a record attempt to establish the world’s longest line of tin cans have said it was a great success – despite not reaching their ambitious mile-long target.

The ‘Mile of Cans – how far can we go?’ event, organised by the Wetherby Baptist Church, was held in the town’s Garden of Rest on North Street, on Saturday,

And an impressive line of 831 cans of food measuring 204ft was produced in just three hours.

“It wasn’t a mile but I didn’t think we were ever likely to get a mile,” said David Dawson, who helped organise the record attempt.

“In the end the success wasn’t the number of cans or the distance but the number of people who made donations and enjoyed it.”

The event was part of the church’s harvest festival celebrations with members of the public invited to donate cans which will now be given to three Yorkshire-based charities – St George’s Crypt in Leeds, Leeds Housing Concern, and Bradford Foyer.

Mr Dawson said details of the attempt will now be submitted to Guinness World Records.

And although the line of cans may have been some 5,076ft short of a mile, he said the church was likely to hold the event again in 2012 due to its popularity.

“Everybody thought how imaginative it was so we will probably do it again next year,” said Mr Dawson.

“We will keep adding to our total so we will eventually get to a mile, even if it takes us 10 or 20 years.”

l See letters, page 10, for more on the event.