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Hooking into the record books

Singleton has successfully applied to contest a Guinness World Record in none other than crocheting.

The record attempt will be a huge event for Singleton and is open to everyone of any or little crocheting skills on Sunday, 30 April 2017.
People from near and far are encouraged to participate in the record attempt regardless of crocheting skills. We don’t need pros, we just need numbers!

It has been three months since the application was first made and Singleton Destash and Crafty Swappers coordinator Tracey Franks said it has been a tough secret to keep.

“We have been quietly talking about it but when I found out the application was approved today, I nearly burst,” Tracey said.

The plan is to break the record for the most people crocheting simultaneously in the one venue.

The current record is 485 people achieved in an event organised by the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Nigeria, set in 2015.

Tracey is confident this number can be surpassed and now she can promote the record attempt, members of the group will be visiting schools, aged care homes and everywhere in between to make sure people who want to take part, can.

Alternatively, you can join Singleton Destash and Craft Swappers regular meetings at Singleton library every Thursday morning from 10am and Tuesday nights from 5pm to 7pm.

The event will be one of the first events of Singleton Festival 2017, the program of which is growing by the day.

“There have been some really different events this time round and we strongly urge people, restaurants, pubs, organisations and clubs who want to promote their event within the festival period from April 29 to May 14, to contact the Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 6571 5888 by February 23 to ensure they are included in the program currently being finalized,” said Singleton Festival chairperson Danny Thompson.

Mr Thompson said he was delighted the World Record attempt was part of the program.

“This is something everyone can be involved in, and will be a real boost for the town when, not if, it is achieved, something the town can have a laugh about and be very proud,” he said.

Image caption: Inspiration behind Singleton’s attempt at the Guinness World Record are Singleton crafters (back l-r) Anne Stokes, Kathy Moore, Tracey Franks, Lynn Brosi, Bronwyn Farnworth, Daphne Barber, Claire Paul, Allison Pay, (front) Ruth Harris, Jean Millar and Bina Shah.

Media release and image courtesy of Singleton Council.