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Abbeyfield set new Guinness World Record as part of Road Safety Awareness Campaign

It’s official- a new World record has been set by Abbeyfield School! Our attempt at the current World Record to have ‘the most number of people in a single place wearing a high visibility vest’ was a resounding success yesterday, when we managed to top and beat the existing record of 1,475 people by a margin of 68. 

A grand total of 1,543 of us (the whole community including students, staff and our site team,‘Amey’), plus students from Queen Eleanor Primary, gathered together in the school grounds, sporting our high ‘viz’ vests in a blaze of fluorescent yellow. Closely observed by Guinness Book of  Records Adjudicators, who supervised the attempt, they declared it a record on the spot, a new World record was set and we were presented with an official certificate to prove it.

High Viz World Record 5

Whilst the whole event was great fun and created a real buzz of excitement around the school, never far from our minds was the more serious reason for making the attempt. In conjunction with Balfour Beatty, A Plant, the Police and Fire service, and in aid of the Brake Charity, this event was part of the Road Safety Day we organised for the whole school, with the aim of raising awareness and the need for greater caution on our ever- increasingly busy roads. The day as a whole was dedicated to the memory of Abbeyfield student, Sophie Bywaters, who tragically died in a road traffic accident in October 2009.

To read more, please click here.

Local media and press attended the event to cover the story; to read the Anglia News item, please click here.

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