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Stamford Junior School Breaks World Record!

SJS Record-Breakers!628 children from the Stamford Endowed Schools broke the world record for 'tummy patting and head rubbing' at Stamford Junior School on October 15, 2010. The event was organized by pupils, staff and parents at the Stamford Junior School and supported by charity Breast Cancer Care as part of 'Pink Fridays'. Actress Amanda Mealing, who was diagnosed in 2002 with breast cancer, joined in the record attempt in support of the charity.

At 11.30, the entire Junior School, including all years and staff, took to the playing field to begin the record attempt. They were joined by Year 7 and Year 8 from Stamford High School and Stamford School, bringing the total number of participants to 628. The assembled children and staff then began their attempt, under the auspices of the Mayor of Stamford, Councillor David Brailsford, who acted as the official recorder. They simultaneously patted their tummies and rubbed their heads for an entire minute, beating the previous record of 550 participants and thus earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records 2012.

Libby Craig, Head of Stamford Junior School, said “I was so proud to see the delight on the children’s faces as it was announced that we had broken the record. They did extremely well to keep up the head patting and tummy rubbing continuously and deserve their special mention in the Book of Records. The achievement was even greater given that we were able to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in the process. I am also thankful to the Mayor for adjudicating the event and to Amanda Mealing for joining in the fun”