Students help smash record

Hartlepool Borough Council chairman Carl Richardson pictured with English Martyrs pupils and staff and some of the bunting made for the world record event.
Hartlepool Borough Council chairman Carl Richardson pictured with English Martyrs pupils and staff and some of the bunting made for the world record event.

SCHOOL pupils showed no signs of flagging after helping to smash a Fairtrade-themed world record attempt.

Students from Years 7 to 11 at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, decorated pieces of Fairtrade bunting to raise awareness of the plight of poor and disadvantaged Third World farmers.

They took part in the national initiative which had a target of decorating at least 12,500 pieces of bunting made out of ethically-sourced materials to make the longest continuous stream of bunting ever created.

But more than 130,000 flags were sent in from across the country to smash the previous record.

The school, along with neighbouring Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, are two of a number of groups that took part in the challenge across the country.

Julie Johnson, Key Stage 3 pastoral support manager at English Martyrs, said: “More than 130,000 flags were sent in from around the country, enough to break the record 10 times over.

“The record breaking bunting was hung around Battersea Park on World Fair Trade day, on Saturday, May 14, and it has now been sent to the Guinness World Records for their approval.

“The students at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College are proud to have been part of that success.”

Earlier this year, the flags were unveiled by Labour Councillor Carl Richardson, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, who represents Hartlepool Fairtrade Town Steering Group.

Around 100 students spent their lunch hours decorating the pieces at the school’s chapel, using felt tips pens and paint.