Just seven days after breaking the world record for creating the largest human flower, the Sixth Form College Farnborough was knocked off the top spot by American festival goers,
A total of 2,250 students and staff from the college, along with children from other schools, charity members, Gurkhas and military police officers and members of the community, gathered on the college playing fields on May 2 in coloured overalls to set a new world record. They were arranged to look like a giant poppy to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Everyone who took part donated money to the Royal British Legion, and more than £1,500 was raised for the charity.
However, organisers of the Rochester Lilac Festival were already planning to attempt to break the world record and, after seeing Farnborough had beaten them to it, reached out to nearby businesses, clubs and community groups to participate in their record-breaking effort.
A crowd of 2,297 people gathered at the opening day of the arts and music festival in New York on May 9, beating the college's record by just 47 people.
Jeff Springut, producer of the festival, said: "Rochester is the flower city, so we simply couldn’t allow someone else to hold the world record for the largest human flower.
"We love our famous city and its extraordinary lilac collection, and what better way to demonstrate that than to break this world record?
"Our plans to break the Guinness World Record had already been in place for months, and we went forward with our attempt.”
Christine Eustace, director of community engagement at the college, said: “I was interested to hear that the record had been broken again and would like to send our congratulations to the new record holders as I know just how much effort goes into organising events on this scale.
“However, we must remember that all those who participated in the world’s largest human flower at The Sixth Form College Farnborough formed the human poppy as a community effort to commemorate the beginning of the First World War, as well as to raise more than £1,500 for the Royal British Legion.
“This was an amazing event for the college, a real community effort for Rushmoor and breaking the Guinness World Record was the icing on an already fantastic cake.
“Once again our thanks go to all those who took part in such a memorable occasion - they were all officially amazing.”