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Wales breaks SEVEN Guinness World Records on St. David’s Day

Orchard teamed up with Guinness World Records and S4C with the aim to break many world records in Wales on St David's Day

On St. David’s Day 2020, Wales celebrated in the most special way, by breaking not one but SEVEN Guinness World Records. Many people came together across Wales to attempt to break records under the careful watch of the Guinness World Records Adjudicators.

The records broken included: 

  1. The Longest human archway relay 
  2. The Largest Welsh cake 
  3. The Fastest 50m pulling a narrowboat (female) 
  4. The most candles extinguished by heel clicks in one minute 
  5. The largest Welsh folk dance 
  6. The most football ‘hot stepper’ ball control tricks in one minute  
  7. The most football (soccer) knee catches in 30 seconds 

Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief at GWR said 

“How better to celebrate St David's Day – and the Welsh spirit of adventure – than by attempting some Guinness World Records challenges? It's a chance to put Wales on the record-breaking map and use those official certificates as a calling card to say to the rest of the world: "The Welsh are Officially Amazing!" 

Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Online Content Commissioner at S4C said, 

"We've broken several records throughout the day in various areas across Wales, before bringing it all to a brilliant ending in Aberystwyth, by attempting to break the Guinness World Records for the Largest human archway relay. 

"Working with Guinness World Records, we're showing the world our language, culture and country on our national day of celebration."

Adrian Jones, Head of Production at Orchard said, 

“Working on a project like this one is a fantastic experience. Asking questions like what does it take to bake the world’s largest Welsh cake? are fun to ask. After all, Guinness World Records started out with the question what’s the fastest game bird in Europe? This is an amazing opportunity to produce content that showcases Wales to the rest of the world.” 

The successful records will also feature in the Guinness World Records 2021 edition which goes on sale in September.  

Go behind the scenes and watch how our team bought Guinness World Records to life.


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