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Washing line sock record 'broken'

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The finished washing line was nearly a mile in length

Boys at a Birmingham school believe they have beaten a world record for the longest washing line of socks.

Children at King Edward's School, in Edgbaston, passed the previous record of 1.3km (0.8 miles).

They had assembled more than 28,000 socks and 24,500 pegs for their attempt, which also aimed to raise money for the schools' charities.

The record-breaking bid will be now be checked by officials from the Guinness Book of Records.

Duncan Witcombe, head of biology, said he decided on the bid after reading the Guinness Book of Records during the winter.

He said: "It's been a lot of hard work the last two days, setting it up yesterday in the rain and getting the boys out here today to do it.

"I'll sleep better tonight."


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