Bunting bid is best of British

Wallington Hall Buntathon.'Visitor Experience mamager Gillian Mason prepares for the buntathon.
Wallington Hall Buntathon.'Visitor Experience mamager Gillian Mason prepares for the buntathon.
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BUNTING will be bountiful at Wallington this summer as it goes for an unofficial record.

The Cambo estate will be flying the flags for a series of patriotic events in a celebration of the Best of British.

And to make sure the festivities are up to standard, the National Trust, which runs the estate, is planning to create the world’s longest string of bunting.

Visitor Experience Manager Gillian Mason said: “The summer of 2012 is likely to be remembered as one of national pride as we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and a number of sporting activities.

“At Wallington we wanted to do something celebratory that everyone could join in with and came up with the idea of the longest line of bunting ever.”

The current Guinness record is held by the Fairtrade Foundation in London, which made a line of bunting 3,427.94m long last May.

And while Wallington is not going for the official world record due to the costs involved, it is hoping to make its string even longer, with the help of staff and volunteers.

To make around 3,440 metres, it will take more than 17,200 individual flags.

So far, 2,000 have been sent out to local schools, community groups and supporters, and visitors have already started a line.

Each flag should celebrate the British theme, with designs to date featuring the Queen and her corgis, a double-decker bus, bowler hats, umbrellas, rain clouds, red squirrels and cream teas.

People can make their own contribution by visiting Wallington, or logging onto its website to download a template.

Ms Mason said: “We are keen for people to recycle unwanted material as much as possible — old sheets or curtain linings are perfect. If it’s a fabric that tends to fray then we’d suggest using pinking shears to cut the shape. We’re also looking for donations of fabric so if there are any fabric companies out there willing to help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

On Monday, June 4 the bunting will be draped around the Wallington central courtyard.

Flags should be triangular, with two long sides of 23cm and one short top side of 16cm. The length from the top to the point should be 23cm. They can be made out of any sort of white or light coloured fabric, such as cotton or bleached calico, and should be decorated with pencil or fabric crayons as ink from felt tips may run in the rain. People can also stitch their design.

Finished designs should be sent to Gillian Mason, Visitor Experience Manager, Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland, NE61 4AR.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.