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  Can-tastic world record attempt!
Updated 26 December 2001, 13.07
The longest aluminium can chain in the world
Jack, 13, from Bromley took part in his school's attempt at breaking a world record. Here's what happened.

"A team of 60 students from a school in Orpington, Kent started an attempt to try and break the world record for the longest aluminium can chain.

This had been organised as a sponsored event in order to raise money for charities chosen by the pupils of the school.

Saving cans

During the last six months all pupils and staff at the school had been saving their aluminium cans in preparation for this day.

Students hard at work building the can chain
The record meant taking the aluminium cans, counting them, drilling a hole in the base of them all and then threading them onto a string - as many as possible in 24 hours.

The attempt started at 8:30am and after 17 hours of hard work, at 1:30am the next morning our chain contained 27,932 cans.

Doubled existing record

It measured 3.3km and therefore more than doubled the existing record, which had stood at 12,756 cans.

A fantastic effort and a new World Record!"

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