Horsham’s links to Guinness World Records’ 60th birthday

Recalling a record - World Book Day at Tanbridge House School in Horsham SUS-151004-150029001
Recalling a record - World Book Day at Tanbridge House School in Horsham SUS-151004-150029001

Today (Thursday) marks the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records, with the Horsham district contributing two of the entries.

According to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ the idea for a book of records originated in the early 1950s when Sir Hugh Beaver (1890—1967), Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, attended a shooting party in County Wexford.

He and his hosts argued about the fastest game bird in Europe, but couldn’t find an answer in any reference book.

Then in 1954, recalling his shooting party discussion, Sir Hugh had the idea for a Guinness promotion based on the idea of settling pub arguments and invited the twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile a book of facts and figures.

After an initial research phase, work began on writing the book, which took 13 and a half 90-hour weeks, including weekends and bank holidays.

An since then the popularity of the book and now website has never faltered.

Tanbridge House School in Horsham features among the records from earlier this year.

The school won a competition which provided the chance to attempt a Guinness World Records title of their choosing as part of World Book Day.

They managed to assemble 521 students in Harry Potter costume.

The RSPCA, whose headquarters are in Southwater, is also featured as the world’s oldest animal charity.

The SPCA was established in London in 1824 and was given its Royal approval in 1840, thus becoming the RSPCA.

Its headquarters were initially in the Causeway, Horsham, but moved to Southwater several years ago.

Horsham Australia also features with the largest custard slice which weighed 677.07 kg (1,492lb 10oz) and was made by The Oven Door Bakery on October 1 2014.

The record was broken at the Grand Annual Horsham Agricultural Show.

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