SUNDERLAND is flying the flag for an unusual world record attempt.
Schools and other organisations across the city customised their own paper triangles to create more than 250 feet of bunting in support of World Fair Trade Day.
Sunderland’s own 400 triangles, which would reach half way up Penshaw Hill, will join others from across the UK to create a giant bunting string stretching 4,350 metres – more than two and a half miles.
The exercise is part of the Show off your Label campaign designed to raise the profile of World Fair Trade Day on May 8.
The city’s Fairtrade Steering Group invited organisations, schools and students to take part.
Gentoo, The Arts Included at Thornhill School, University of Sunderland, Benedict Biscop School, Sunderland City Council, Soroptimist International, St Paul’s CE School, Bridge at Washington, The NHS Trust, St Aidan’s School and Bexhill Primary School all took part and designed their own triangles.
Yvonne Ewington, of the Sunderland Partnership and Fairtrade Steering, said: “This is about raising the profile of World Fair Trade Day and making people think about what they buy when they go shopping.
“We want to help farmers in the developing world get a fair price for their produce.”
The current world record is 2,696 metres.