Saturday, April 21, 2007

Coconut Orchestra – world record attempt

Update - two posts with photos from the successful world record beating event now posted.

Last week it was a record breaking attempt for the number of simultaneous bouncing spacehoppers, ambitiously on top of London’s Millennium Bridge (which initially had wobbly problems).

This week sees an equally bizarre St George’s Day attempt to form the world’s largest coconut orchestra!

Sounds a bit Monty Python? Well, the current record stands at 1789 people, set in March 2006 outside the Shubert Theatre hosting Broadway’s Spamalot run. Now the London cast want to break that record as part of the Mayor of London’s St George’s Day celebrations.

So if you’re in central London on Monday evening (23rd), pop down to Trafalgar Square (Nelson’s Column and the National Portrait Gallery) and register between 5pm and 6.30pm, collect your free coconut shells, rehearse at 6.45pm, and then take part in the record attempt at 7pm.

Immediately after the record attempt, there will be an outdoor showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the large screen that has been erected in Trafalgar Square. Hopefully the weather will hold up for them. It’s showing comedy all day ...

  • 12.30pm – Classic television comedy clips representing the best of English humour, selected by the BFI.
  • 1pm – Futtock’s End (1969), written by and starring Ronnie Barker.
  • 2pm – Historic silent films from BFI National Archive revealing London across the 20th century.
  • 5pm – More comedy clips from the BFI.
  • 6.45pm – Coconut Orchestra
  • 7.30pm – Monty Python and the Holy Grail (15 certificate will be enforced).

Coincidentally I’ll be in London on Monday night. Even more coincidentally, my hotel is less than a hundred yards from the record attempt, so I might even get to take part and take some snaps!

Photo below from the successful New York attempt last year.

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