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Record red sock hanging beats Welly wet

Jul 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

LOTSA SOCKS: Tawa Intermediate Students pose with Sir Anand Satyanand and Lady Susan.
 
 
CHRISTCHURCH children are guaranteed warm feet this winter with 35,500 socks being donated by the Sir Peter Blake Trust after a successful world record sock-hanging attempt at Westpac Stadium yesterday.

School kids, Westpac employees, Wellington Phoenix players and the Governor-General turned up for the hanging, which aimed at beating the Guinness record for the longest washing line.

The feat was completed on 3.1km of line at 4.30pm yesterday when surveyors confirmed the length had been reached, making the event an unofficial Guinness world record.

The record of 2324.08m – set by the Trips Dill Amusement Park in Germany in May, 2010 – stands until yesterday’s effort is confirmed by Guiness.

Rain caused a problem when the extra weight of wet socks made some of them touch the ground, but officials noted that if it was not raining the socks would not have touched.

The socks were being dried in industrial-sized clothes dryers at the Intercontinental Hotel, before being shipped to Christchurch for Christchurch children.

Four Trust staff and a dozen volunteers from Westpac started off the mammoth task with a brief appearance from Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and his wife Lady Susan.

Sir Anand spoke to girls from Tawa Intermediate School about leadership and the legend of Sir Peter Blake.

NZ soccer and Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert and two of his stars, Tim Brown and Chris Greenacre, were on hand to “hang up their socks” for the world record attempt.

Trust worker Hannah Prior said the event is all about raising profile for the trust and Red Socks Day.

“We decided not to spend $15,000 on getting the official Guinness World Records officiator to come to the event, so we have four or five witnesses officiating and we are getting video and photos for documentation.”

Volunteers taking part in the event were from Becca Engineers, the Ministry of Environment, Intercontinental Hotel, AJ Park, Chapman Tripp, Holy Cross School, Thorndon School, Tawa Intermediate School, and the Cancer Society.

SOCKER STARS: Ricki Herbert (left), Tim Brown (right) and Chris Greenacre hang red.

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