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World records broken over Tour weekend

Cragg Vale Community Association's world record holders. Celia Reynolds, Sharon Le Corre, Vivienne Halstead, Andrew Ainley, Elaine Simpson, John Houlston and Vernon LeCorre.

Cragg Vale Community Association's world record holders. Celia Reynolds, Sharon Le Corre, Vivienne Halstead, Andrew Ainley, Elaine Simpson, John Houlston and Vernon LeCorre.

The Tour de France hit Calderdale last weekend, bringing communities together as crowds turned out to welcome the race into their area.

The weekend not only marked the arrival of one of the world’s biggest cycling events in Calderdale, but there was also cause for celebration as the region broke two world records.

Cragg Vale’s Tour de France bunting makers measured up perfectly in their bid to produce the world’s longest single stretch of bunting.

The idea was 15 months in the making and last week they received confirmation from Guinness World Records that their 12,115,84m length of eye-catching decoration, made up of 52,939 flags met the official requirements.

One of the organisers, Sharon le Corre, said: “So much community effort went into it and we are so proud, it really brought people together.

“It looks fabulous and it was a magical moment to see the bunting fluttering in the breeze as the cyclists came through.”

The Ogden, Halifax, based Stod Fold Brewing company celebrated the Tour’s arrival in Yorkshire by breaking the world record for the largest glass of beer at the Fleece Countryside Inn in Ripponden.

The company will now enter the Guinness Book of Records after filling the glass with 3,664 pints of Stod Fold’s Gold Ale on Sunday- one pint for every kilometer of the world-famous race.

Jonny Naylor, the London partner of the brewery said the company had worked through the night in preparation.

“We wanted to do something different and it’s a fantastic feeling,” he said.

 

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