Eastbourne recognised as Guinness World Records turns 60

Guinness World Records SUS-150827-113315001
Guinness World Records SUS-150827-113315001

As the Guinness Book of World Records turns 60 today (Thursday), local records are being acknowledged.

Eastbourne gets two mentions in the book for achivements of more than 110-years apart.

The town was the site of the first municipal bus service in the world.

The first of its kind bus ran between Eastbourne railway station and Meads and was inaugurated on 12 April 1903.

Much more recently Secondary Schools in Eastbourne set the record for the world’s largest ever reading lesson. More than 3,509 Pupils at eight schools set the record on July 2 2014.

Elsewhere in the area other unlikely acheivements are recognised by the book.

Last year Heather Gullick set the record for the longest session punching a boxing speedball in Crowborough.

Ms Gullick hit the ball for more than 30 hours and 15 minutes on to set the new record on January 18 and 19 2014.

Famously in 2012 14,231 people in Hastings to officaly set the largest-ever gathering of pirates

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.

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