Longest bridge made from plastic bottles set world record
14] City of Ely,UK--The 36 metre (118.110 feet) spectacular bridge
made from 14,100 plastic milk bottles by the City of Ely residents
headed by Mayor Ron Bradney set a world record for "The longest
bridge made from plastic bottles".
The temporary structure was the creation of Ely resident
and former district councillor Jack Waterfall, who wants to highlight
the need to recycle.
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The bridge represents the amount of plastic people in
Cambridgeshire use each day by lunchtime.
"The bridge was supported by 4 pint plastic bottles
and my progress from one side of the River Ouse to the other was
recorded. I did get wet but only from rain" said Ron Bradney,
The City of Ely Mayor,in a message for the World Record Academy.
The bridge designer and constriction engineer was Jack Waterfall.
The Ely city's mayor, Ron Bradney, was first to
cross the Great Ouse on it. He set a second world record, for the
longest walk on a bridge made from plastic bottles.
The new world record will be featured in the
2008 edition of the Book of World Records and an official Certificate
will be issued to the Mayor Bradney.
project has also received support for building the bridge sections
from St Mary's Primary School, Ely, the Isle of Ely Explorers at
Sutton Gault and Witchford's Rackham Primary School.
flocked to see the bridge put in place after watching Ely's third
annual Classic Regatta.
The regatta saw four milk bottle rafts, each
with four oarsmen and a drummer competing in a race.
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Huntingdon Boat Club won, beating off teams from S
& Y Haulage, Huntingdon Sea Cadets and a team consisting of members
of Ely and District Venture Scouts and the Isle of Ely Rowing Club.
A series of more orthodox rowing races took place
throughout the day as well as sailing demonstrations from junior
and novice members of Ely Sailing Club. Trophies were presented
to the winners in the evening.
Organiser Jack Waterfall said: "We had what I would
call 'character building' weather which gave us challenges throughout
the day, but we managed to have a good time and achieve our objectives."
The world record plastic bottles bridge was removed
and stored to be used as a pontoon for trainee rowers.
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