THE Blackpool Youth Games continue throughout the week and could not have got off to a more spectacular start, with the breaking of a world record.
As part of the opening ceremony, children from all Blackpool school’s came together for a record-breaking hula hoop attempt.
The previous record stood at 113 people hula-hooping simultaneously and Blackpool was determined to beat the benchmark.
With a little help from friends from Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool Sealife Centre, Blackpool Sandcastle and Blackpool Circus, children, teachers and young leaders joined forces to proved themselves lords (and ladies) of the ring.
The world record bid was a great success, with 228 participants joining in the Hula Hoop Workout.
Also present was Wenlock, the official mascot of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, who appeared as a reward to Blackpool for its high levels of involvement in the London 2012 Get Set Project.
Blackpool had more schools registered on the Get Set Olympic and Paralympic programme then any other education authority in the North West.
The event was organised by Blackpool PE & Sport Team, in partnership with Blackpool Leisure Services.
The competition continues until Friday, when the closing ceremony will include another world record attempt – this time for most people keeping a ball up on a tennis racket at the same time.
Olympic sailor Simon Goody will be in attendance, and there will be a chance to see the Olympic torch used at the last London Olympics in 1948.
Full coverage of the Youth Games themselves will appear in next week’s AllStars special.