Lions go the extra mile

Lions Mile of 2p Coins presentation eveing
Lions Mile of 2p Coins presentation eveing

BRIDLINGTON Lions Club’s attempt to break a world record for laying a mile of 2p coins in the fastest ever time was thwarted by adjudicators – but an unexpected amount of money raised during the event has been donated to the teams taking part.

On Wednesday October 24 a special presentation evening was held at Bridlington North Library to hand out cheques for £150 to each of the teams – from 6th Bridlington Guides, 1st Bridlington Scouts, Headlands School and Bridlington School.

The event was held during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June, as part of the Arts Festival week, with the Lions hoping to set a new world record for the fastest time to lay down a mile of 2p coins.

It was scheduled to take place on the seafront outside the Spa but due to rain it was forced inside to the Bay View Lounge in the Spa.

Each team consisted of six members who worked in pairs to lay down a total of 62,500 two pence coins in a 32ft square.

While the whole event was carried out by the rules laid down by Guinness World Records - photographs were taken, a DVD was made and the event was monitored by independent judges - they decided that a record had not been broken, as the Bridlington attempt exceeded the time set by in the USA.

A spokesperson for Bridlington Lions Club said: “Whilst this was a disappointment, the event and the training leading up to the event were enjoyed by everyone.

“There was a real team spirit built up and all the teams, including parents, made it a real team building event.”

The event was not run as a fund raiser but due to the generosity of the public and sponsors the event raised £600.

The Lions agreed to give all the teams a share of this and all teams were presented with a cheque for £150.

The Lions Club would like to thanks event sponsors, West BS Building Supplies, Pineapple Joes, ALLsigns, Skipton Building Society, Yorkshire Bank and Nobles Amusements.