Attempt to break world record for the most number of people balancing a book on their head

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  • Record attempt took place in Walpole Park, Gosport
  • Current record held by Australia
  • 450 people attend the event
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THE saying goes you have a head for numbers but in this case it was all about a head for words.

The world record-breaking attempt for the most number of people to walk five metres while balancing a book on their head took place in Walpole Park, Gosport.

Members of the public took part in an attempt at Walpole Park in Gosport to break the world record for the greatest number of people who could walk a set distance with a book on their head. 'Picture:  Ian Hargreaves  (151389-4)

Members of the public took part in an attempt at Walpole Park in Gosport to break the world record for the greatest number of people who could walk a set distance with a book on their head. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151389-4)

It was organised by the Gosport Discovery Centre as a way to highlight Hampshire County Council’s Summer Reading Challenge.

In order to break the record there needed to be 1,000 people, but only 450 people attended on the day.

Paul Foster, 36, of Gosport, went along with his wife Sarah, 35, and their daughter Molly, two.

He said: ‘It was a shame we didn’t break the record, but it was a good event.

I used a kids book as it fit better on my head

Participant Paul Foster

‘I used a kids’ book as it fitted better on my head.’

Councillor Peter Edgar, in charge of education for the county council, said: ‘We didn’t make the record this time. But we wouldn’t mind having another go in school term time.

‘The reading scheme has been excellent and we hope to try the record again soon.’

Participants were encouraged to bring their own books, but Gosport Discovery Centre and libraries at Bridgemary, Elson, Lee-on-the-Solent and 
Stubbington lent books out to people taking part. Anyone could take part, as long as they could physically balance a book on their head, walk five minutes and the book was in the dimensions stated above.

15/08/15  PM''Members of the public took part in an attempt at Walpole Park in Gosport to break the world record for the greatest number of people who could walk a set distance with a book on their head. (left to right), Rebecca Scott and Jo Morgan from Gosport.  [92528632]'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151389-1) PPP-150816-094806006

15/08/15 PM''Members of the public took part in an attempt at Walpole Park in Gosport to break the world record for the greatest number of people who could walk a set distance with a book on their head. (left to right), Rebecca Scott and Jo Morgan from Gosport. [92528632]'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151389-1) PPP-150816-094806006

The current record stands at 998, and was organised in North Sydney, Australia, in November 2012.

To beat this with the required margin, at least 1,000 people need to take part.

15/08/15  PM''Members of the public took part in an attempt at Walpole Park in Gosport to break the world record for the greatest number of people who could walk a set distance with a book on their head. (left to right),  Finley Smith (eight), and his sister Erin Smith (five), from Southampton.'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151389-2) PPP-150816-094825006

15/08/15 PM''Members of the public took part in an attempt at Walpole Park in Gosport to break the world record for the greatest number of people who could walk a set distance with a book on their head. (left to right), Finley Smith (eight), and his sister Erin Smith (five), from Southampton.'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151389-2) PPP-150816-094825006