Tension builds as yo-yo event nears

TODAY is the last chance to practice your yo-yoing skills before Ipswich attempts to spin into the world record books.

Naomi Cassidy

TODAY is the last chance to practice your yo-yoing skills before Ipswich attempts to spin into the world record books.

Over the last few weeks thousands of free yo-yos have been handed out in anticipation of tomorrow's record breaking attempt on the Cornhill.

More than 630 people have registered to take part in the 'Spin' event organised by Ipswich Central, which already means the town is on course to beat the record of having the highest number of people simultaneously yo-yoing for two minutes.

The record currently stands at 432 people.

Ipswich Town Football Club today gave its support to the challenge, with goalkeeper Shane Supple, new signing Kevin Lisbie, Billy Clarke and Dan Harding having a go with their yo-yos on the training ground.

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Terry Baxter, from the ITFC, said: “Perfecting technique and skill is obviously something we are very used to and we think this idea is a good way to get hundreds of people in the town centre all enjoying themselves together - just like they do when the come to Portman Road!”

Ipswich MP Chris Mole is also embracing the challenge and will be attending the event with his family.

He said: “It is good for the town to do something collectively, raising the profile of our town and hopefully assisting the businesses. “I wish Ipswich Central luck and I hope to be there with my family.”

Ipswich Central's Claire Castle said: “I am confident we will beat the record. People get three attempts. I would just encourage as many people as possible to come down to the Cornhill because there is still a chance to sign up and get a ticket.”

The fun event, which is in partnership with the New Wolsey Theatre, takes place at 2.30pm.

Ipswich Central's Paul Clement added: “We have been amazed at how many different types of people in Ipswich have wanted to get fully involved, from business leaders to the young and old.”

What do you think of Ipswich's bid for yo-yo stardom? Have you broken a record? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk