Everyone is being called on to help the National Trust’s Wallington in Northumberland make the UK’s longest bunting line in time for summer celebrations!
The Fair-trade Foundation in London holds the Official Guinness Record for the longest bunting made at present. It measured 3,427.94 metres long in May 2011. Wallington Morpeth is determined to make its bunting even longer! They are not going to go for a record because that could be expensive, but they do hope that visitors will embrace the fun project and help celebrate the ‘Best of British’ mood which is growing as the Queen’s Jubilee nears.
Gillion Mason, who is the Visitor Experience Manager at Wallington, said she thinks that summer 2012 will be remembered with pride and warmth for years to come because of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. “We wanted to do something celebratory at Wallington and the idea of the longest bunting ever came up and it is something everyone can get involved with when they visit,” she explained.
Wallington is determined to get its hands on more than 17,200 flags in order to beat the record. When joined together the flags will make over 3,440 metres of bunting. Gillian adds: “We have asked local schools, community groups and colleagues and supporters to design a flag which is their idea of what being British means; in doing this we have sent out 2,000 flags.
“Visitors here have already started the line of bunting and flags have also been decorated. We hope that we shall have many more by the Diamond Jubilee on Monday 5th June and it will be used to decorate the central courtyard.”
The bunting which is being referred to as Wallington Bunt-a-Thon can be added to by a visit to Wallington itself or by visiting the Wallington website where a flag template can be downloaded. The flag should be triangular in shape and it should have two long sides measuring 23cm and one short side at 16cm. The top of the flag to the point should measure 23cms. Any sort of white or light coloured fabric such as cotton can be used to make the flag.
Gillian added: “Old sheets or curtains are ideal, as we are keen for people to use as much unwanted recyclable material as possible. We recommend pinking shears to cut material if the fabric is frayed in order to cut out the shape. If there are any fabric companies that can offer donations of material to us please get in touch with us.”
Gillian continued by explaining that the flag design is Best of British and creativity has been quite varied. “Designs have included red squirrels and cream teas which are more relevant to Wallington, a double decker bus, bowler hats, rain clouds and the Queen and her corgis.”
You can stitch your flag design and the flags should be decorated using either fabric canyons or pencils but not ink or felt tip pens as the ink would run if it rains. Complete designs should be sent to: Gillian Mason, Visitor Experience Manager, Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland NE61 4AR. For further information log onto: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670773600. You can keep upto date with Wallington’s progress on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/WallingtonNT