Cragg Vale’s Tour de France bunting makers have measured up perfectly in their bid to produce the world’s longest single stretch of bunting, now hung the entire length of Cragg Road.
Volunteers with the help of three cherry pickers spent last weekend hanging the bunting from fences, trees, lamp posts, gate posts and any available ‘post’ along the country’s longest continuous road climb – and beyond.
The final pieces were attached to the Calderdale sign at the top of Turvin Road, ahead of the junction with the A58.
And now they have had confirmation from Guinness World Records that their 12,115.84m array of colour meets the official requirements - made up of 52,939 flags.
Cragg Vale’s bunting miles took 50 people 20 hours to measure at Craggs Energy HQ the previois weekend when two independent surveyors double-checked the length. The bunting had to be hung in sheds to comply with GWR rules and now flies proundly along the length of England’s longest continuous incline from Mytholmroyd to Blackstone Edge.
Sharon le Corre, one of the organisers, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have exceeded the current record of 10 kilometres.
“We are delighted with the way the whole community has got involved with this project and even more thrilled to see it fluttering in the breeze the length of Cragg Road, ready to welcome the cyclists on Sunday.
“Dozens of people, including schools and community groups from far and wide have made different lengths of bunting and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed.”