At least 1,100 residents are needed for world record bid

BOOKED THEIR PLACES Gosport Discovery Centre staff practising for the world record attempt.
BOOKED THEIR PLACES Gosport Discovery Centre staff practising for the world record attempt.
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People of Gosport invited to balance a book for world record attempt

More than 1,000 people are needed to break the world record for the greatest number of people to simultaneously balance a book on their head at a single venue while walking five metres.

The attempt will take place on Saturday, August 15 at midday and will be held in Walpole Park in Gosport.

Sarah Greenaway, the events officer for Gosport Discovery Centre, said: ‘I wanted us to try and break a world record that was realistically achievable, was in some way linked to books and would be great fun to try to do.

‘The book-balancing record attempt is a perfect way to bring together the Gosport community and put our town on the map.

‘We would like to invite all children, parents, grandparents and other residents to take part.’

The current record is 998 and was set 
by a school in Australia on 13 November 2012.

‘We would need at least 1,100 people to be sure of breaking this.’

Participants will need to bring along a book or borrow one from the library.

It is free and simple to join if you don’t already have a library card.

The book must be a maximum size of 31cm x 23cm (12.2in x 9in) and a minimum size of 23cm x 15cm (9in x 5.9in).

Sarah added: ‘The books can’t be too big and they can’t be too small – they have to be just right.

‘Several other libraries around the world, including Saratoga Library, California, and Hancock County Public Library, Indiana, have attempted to break this record and failed as not enough people have turned up to participate, so let’s make sure that doesn’t happen in Gosport.’

Books can be balanced flat on heads or opened up and worn like tents.

The level of documentation required to verify the attempt is so detailed that they will also need three independent judges, 50 stewards, volunteers and, if possible, sponsors from local businesses.

If you are interested please email

Visit the Facebook page at to sign up to the event.