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A crowning achievement!


Knoll Residents Association came together for a community celebration on coronation weekend, including what is hoped to be a world record setting effort for the largest human image of a crown.

A sunny Sunday afternoon on 7th May saw Knoll Residents Association’s “Royal Tea Party” take place on Broomhill Common. Along with plenty of tea, cakes, and outdoor games, 539 people in yellow, white, and purple ponchos formed what is anticipated to be a Guinness world record for the largest human image of a crown.

With the help of a drone and a PA System, the group took 45 minutes to bring the image to life.

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Steve Sangster, chairman of the Knoll Residents Association, explained,

“We wanted to look forward to the coronation really with a different sort of vibe, we wanted it to be a celebration. That idea of a community coming together to create a visual image, a temporary historical marker, if you like, was our vision for it.

“Whether you’re a royalist or not, it’s an excuse to get the community together.”

Once evidence is submitted to Guinness the KRA face a wait of a number of weeks before their record is confirmed, but it is hoped that Orpington will be home to 539 new record holders! Hat’s off!

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(left to right) Secretary Nick Baker, Vice Chair Brian Bates, Chairman Stephen Sangster and David Horder, who set up the resident group

You wanna be a record breaker? Dedication’s what you need!

If KRA’s human image world record setting attempt is ratified, Orpington will be in good company.

  • The largest human image of a cog consists of 656 people, and was achieved by Monroe Elementary School (USA) in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA, on 14 October 2019.
  • The largest human image of a cloud consists of 1,207 participants and was achieved by Microsoft Greater China Region (China) in Qingdao, Shandong, China, on 8 July 2019.
  • The largest human image of the Olympic rings consisted of 6,211 people and was organised by Miniatur Wunderland (Germany) in Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany, on 8 November 2015.

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