Australian wool enthusiasts have set a new world record for the world's longest Pom Pom Garland and now enter the Guinness Book of Records. The record was set during the 90th birthday celebrations on Saturday August 31 at the Australian Country Spinners' mill in Wangaratta.
With over 4000 pom poms needed to break the current record, keen yarn lovers from around Australia have been sending in home-crafted pom poms after a Facebook appeal www.facebook.com/auspinners
A Guinness Book of Records’ judge was on hand to adjudicate the attempt, which was part of the festivities for Australian Country Spinners 90th birthday celebrations. The final tally was an incredible 6977 pom poms strung in one continuous garland. It took around one hundred people to carry it from the Mill where it was measured, out onto the lawn for display. In addition to all the volunteers, crafters and staff who made pom poms, they were also received from hundreds of school children from all over Australia.
Australian Country Spinners CEO, Brenda McGahan, said there are plenty of reasons for Australia’s biggest hand knitting yarn manufacturer to celebrate this milestone.
“For 90 years, the mill has been part of the fabric of the community. In fact the mill generated the first electricity for the town,” Ms McGahan said. “Many Wangaratta families have relatives who have worked at the Mill, or know someone who has worked there, since it was opened in the 1920’s.”
Australian Country Spinners is an innovative manufacturer flying high in spite of a tough global environment.
To celebrate the 90th year of the company, Australian Country Spinners will create up to 4 traineeships for young school leavers.
“We feel it’s important to give back to the community, and with regional youth unemployment at record levels, Australian Country Spinners is putting its money where it counts,” said Ms McGahan.
More than 100 people are employed at the Mill and in the company’s Melbourne headquarters.
Australian Country Spinners is the proud owner of leading hand knitting brands including Patons, Cleckheaton, Shepherd and Panda, and distributes hand knitting yarn to over one thousand retailers across Australia and New Zealand from the Wangaratta facility.
For knitting enthusiasts, the company now in its 91st year, also announced the release of a new Superfine Merino wool yarn, crafted by the specialist team at Australian Country Spinners. This yarn is made from wool grown by Australian wool growers certified by the Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association. The President Mr John Taylor and his wife Vera, travelled from Tasmania to be on hand to make the announcement and celebrate the partnership with Australian Country Spinners.
For comment, or to arrange photos and interviews please call Malcolm Andison, Mill Manager on +61 407 362 067.
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