Volunteer claims world record

A FELIXSTOWE first aider today spoke of his delight at tying hundreds of seaside visitors in knots – and creating a new world record at the same time.Postman Tony Lazell and his fellow volunteers managed to put 339 people in an elevation sling during a marathon six-hour stint on the town's promenade yesterday.

A FELIXSTOWE first aider today spoke of his delight at tying hundreds of seaside visitors in knots - and creating a new world record at the same time.

Postman Tony Lazell and his fellow volunteers managed to put 339 people in an elevation sling during a marathon six-hour stint on the town's promenade yesterday.

In a separate world record, the 56-year-old and his fellow first aiders also managed to tie 114 people in arm slings in just one hour in Felixstowe Leisure Centre.

Mr Lazell, of Hamilton Road, said he was delighted to have helped secure a place in the Guinness book of records.


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He said: "It was a very good day and on the whole people were most obliging. Overall it went very well."

Although Mr Lazell and his seven-strong team of first aiders have now set the standard, he concedes his record is there to be shot at.

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He said: "I think it can be beaten but we've made the benchmark. If we did it again, we might be able to beat it because we know what it takes now.

"But if someone did top the record, I'm sure we'd have the willpower to try and regain it."

Neil Fitch, Rob Perris, Dawn Kemp, John Mowles, Bert Wilkins, Sheila Scott and Michael Fitzjohn all took part in the record-setting event, while Jim Scott and Dean Gould provided testimonies to verify it.

Mr Lazell said the day had proved to be a great success in terms of fundraising for St John's Ambulance and also in boosting its profile.

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