Gallery: Lift-off for Cambridge puppet record attempt
A world record attempt for the biggest puppet show on Earth took place at King George V Playing Fields in Trumpington on Friday, October 18.
Around 700 children from Fawcett Primary School and Trumpington Meadows School attempted the record under the guidance of the internationally recognised Creation Myth Puppet company.
Over a two-week period, each child made a bird puppet from cockatoos to ducks, peacocks to pelicans and flamingos to roadrunners.
The project, jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Trumpington Federation – which the two primary schools are part of – aimed to set a new world record and unite two schools that are part of one community.
A spokesperson said that the participants will not know whether they’ve been successful in their record attempt for a while – possibly up to 12 weeks – adding:
“We know that we counted 615 children coming through with their puppets, but we didn’t have anyone from Guinness there.
“So until all the evidence that we send off to them is verified, then we can’t say that we definitely have the record.”
The spokesperson continued: “The two schools walked down to the George V Playing Fields, and then they performed a condensed version of the shows they’d been performing in school that week.
“I think it looked pretty spectacular; there were lots of different birds all waving in the air and we managed to dodge the rain.
"We had a brilliant day and it was a nice way to finish off the half-term.”
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