Thousands of Christmas shoppers will have the chance to be part of a festive Guinness World Record attempt at the Metro Centre on Saturday (5 Dec 2009).
The “Pull a Cracker for RAFA” event will take place at 11am and will involve a huge chain of people stretching across the shopping centre all crossing arms and pulling a cracker at the same time.
It is hoped that around two thousand people will join together in the massive world record attempt and every cracker pulled will help support serving RAF personnel.
One of the organisers, Pete Brocklehurst, said: “Currently the record stands at 1,478 - set by a Honda Factory in Japan - so we are hoping that more than 2,000 people will help us to smash the record when we bring it to the North East!”
All of the money raised will go to the RAF Association, a charity which provides friendship, help and support for past and present members of the RAF and their families.
Some of the funds will go specifically to the charity’s latest project – Storybook Wings.
Before leaving for their tour of duty, RAF personnel can record their child’s favourite story at their home base, using professional recording equipment and the skill of an experienced editor. Once they have recorded the story, music and sound effects are added, making it even more special. They can also record their own message at the end, telling their children how much they miss them and that they will be home soon.
2,400 RAF personnel will be separated from their families this Christmas due to overseas operations and every person who pulls a cracker could be helping to make Christmas more bearable for their young children.
It is hoped that people from all over the North-East will come along on Saturday and get well and truly into the festive spirit!
For more information visit www.rafa.org.uk