Residents and visitors to Cumbria are being called up to write a message of support for the region’s UNESCO World Heritage Bid by visiting Brockhole -the Lake District Visitor Centre – and in the process boost the attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter.
Cumbrian school children put pen to paper to attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter, during National Stationery Week in April this year, writing heartfelt messages that express their love for the beautiful place they call home. The efforts of pupils at eight schools from the Kendal area have been remarkable and the result of all their hard work will be displayed at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre from Monday 10 August, with the public invited to take the record attempt to the next stage.
Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, will be home to the lengthy letter, with the rolls of paper from Burneside-based, James Cropper Paper being installed amongst an exhibition of messages from the various schools. Inspired by the natural beauty on their doorstep, words have flowed from the pens of all children involved, contributing to the Lake District’s 2016 bid for World Heritage Site status. Members of the public are now invited to add their own contribution to the letter in the hope that when it is handed over to the UNESCO Bid team it will be recognised as the World’s Longest Letter.
Jayne Pugh, Head of Communications at the Lake District National Park coordinating the UNESCO bid, said: “Creating the World’s Longest Letter is a unique way to support the UNESCO World Heritage Bid and we are delighted that so many local school children have contributed to this special project with James Cropper PLC.
“We are looking forward to being able to showcase the finished reel at Brockhole during the next few months. It is a really great opportunity for local people and visitors to read about just how special our young people feel the Lake District is to them and of course add their own thoughts too. Let’s hope we can break the record!”
The letter, installed on reels to allow for quick and easy signing, will be at Brockhole for approximately two months, before staff from both the visitor centre and James Cropper Paper get down to the business of measuring the final letter in September.
Chris Brown, Commercial Director at James Cropper said “Letter writing could be in danger of becoming a lost art and there are few things more pleasing that receiving a heartfelt message, beautifully written on luxurious paper. We started the attempt during National Stationery Week to remind people of that simple pleasure, and achieving a World Record would certainly be a wonderful finale to this community project. The school children have done a fantastic job so far, so now it’s over to visitors of all ages to our home in the Lake District National Park to add their own messages of support.”
The schools which have taken part in the first leg of the project are Castle Park, Queen Katherine School, St Oswald’s Primary School, Vicarage Park, Stramongate Primary School, Ghyllside Primary School, Grayrigg Primary School and St Thomas’ Primary School.