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Knitters unite for longest scarf
The scarf covered the pitch at the Millennium Stadium
Three years of work have gone into a record bid to create the world's longest scarf in Cardiff.

Around 2,000 knitters across Wales have been working on the scarf, which has already raised 60,000 for the Ty Hafan hospice charity.

The previous world record for a scarf is 20 miles, but organisers calculate their effort is more than 33 miles long.

The scarf was laid out on the pitch at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday.

And the knitters' work will not be wasted - the scarf will now be sewn up to make blankets for another charity to send to people across the world.

Pam Dodd, one of the organisers of the Scarf for a Laugh attempt, said they had initially just planned to have a scarf that would stretch round the hospice.

Pam Dodd said they had no idea how far the idea would go

"We had no idea it would go so well and we thought 'Why not try for the Guinness Book of Records - make it a Welsh record and raise money for Ty Hafan at the same time'," she said.

"As people have been knitting, they have been getting sponsorship from friends and neighbours."

She said the Feed the Children charity would be given the blankets after the record attempt.

"It is great - everyone benefits, Ty Hafan benefits, we raise money, awareness, and a lovely charity benefits at the end," she added.

The Ty Hafan hospice is based at Sully, near Barry, south Wales, and provides help and support for more than 300 families in which one or more children suffer from a life-limiting illness.

Sue Mayo from Raglan, who was part of a community knitting half a mile of the scarf, said that getting involved was a way to thank Ty Hafan for their help with her terminally-ill granddaughter.

Organisers are due to send evidence of their record bid to Guinness World Records for confirmation.

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