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.
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 headParticipant 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.
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.