Balance a book on your bonce in Gosport to help smash World Record

Cllr Peter Edgar practising for the book-balancing world record attempt at the Discovery Centre with Isabella, a regular library user
Cllr Peter Edgar practising for the book-balancing world record attempt at the Discovery Centre with Isabella, a regular library user
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IF YOU have the dedication to help break a world record now’s your chance.

More than 1,000 people are needed to smash the record for the most people walking with a book balanced on their head.

It currently stands at 998 and was organised by Danielle Di-Masi in Australia.

The event will be held in Walpole Park in Gosport, on Saturday and is being put on by Hampshire County Council to promote its summer reading scheme, which this year is themed around record breakers.

Executive member for education Peter Edgar went to practise earlier this week with young readers at the Gosport Discovery Centre.

He said: ‘I’m hoping that people will come from far and wide and make a day of it.

‘Gosport’s got a lot to offer for a day out, and taking part in a world record attempt is not something you get the chance to do every day.’

He said he was pleased to see the summer reading challenge being taken up by so many youngsters.

He said: ‘The challenge is proven to help young people keep up their reading skills during the long summer break.

‘Now I just hope they can be persuaded to take on an extra challenge – book-balancing in the park.’

On Saturday, over 1,000 people will need to simultaneously balance a book on their heads and cover five metres either on foot, or for people with disabilities, in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

To take part, would-be record breakers will need to be in Walpole Park by 11.15am and bring a book of minimum 23cm x 15cm (9in x 5.9in) and maximum 31cm x 23cm (12.2in x 9in). The dimensions of the book are important to ensure the record is valid.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own books, but Gosport Discovery Centre and libraries at Bridgemary, Elson, Lee-on-the-Solent and Stubbington will lend as many as they can.

Cllr Edgar added: ‘Anyone can take part, so please get practising and come along to join us.’