A Doncaster shopping centre is giving customers the chance to catapult their way into the Guinness world record books by helping to create the longest loom band.
Frenchgate shopping centre is attempting to achieve the Guinness World Records title for the longest chain of loom band bracelets, and is urging shoppers to get involved this half term.
Staff at the shopping centre held a loom band making workshop to help in their world record bid, and are urging residents to drop off loom bands at the customer service desks until November 2.
Heidi Barlow, marketing manager for the centre, said: “We are appealing to all parents out there who are fed up of seeing loom band bracelets lying around at home! For them this is a loom band amnesty – a chance to get rid of them.
“For young people, it’s a chance to play a part in our Guinness World Record title attempt, and help us get into the record books.
“We are aiming to achieve the Guinness World Records title for the longest chain of loom band bracelets by creating a minimum of 4,000 separate bracelets. We will welcome donations of any single loom band bracelets in any colour, but they must be secured with an S clip.
“Alternatively, children and adults can come along to our Loom Band Workshops until Sunday, November 2, and create a part of the Guinness World Records title attempt.
“All participants will be recorded, with the name of the bracelet maker, age and postcode, as part of the world record attempt regulations and will get the chance to take away a Guinness World Records official participation certificate too.
“This is a great chance for people to be part of something fun.”
Ben Mooney, from Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland, currently holds the record for creating a loom band measuring a total of 753.39 metres.
The loom band workshops are just one of the free activities taking place at the centre during half term.
Other events over half term include a Build-a-Bear party workshop tomorrow and scary face painting on Halloween. All the free half term sessions run from 11am to 4pm.
The craze that has weaved its spell across the world
They started life as a playground fad and now loom bands have become the latest must-have accessory.
The addictive pastime of creating coloured bracelets from rubber bands has not only catapulted its way into the hearts of children but has become a cult phenomenon with all ages. Everyone from Kate Middleton to Harry Styles has been spotted wearing the bracelets.
US entreprenur Cheong Choon Ng created the prototype for the bands after helping his daughters who enjoyed creating bracelets by weaving elastic bands over their fingers but, when he tried to join in, he found his fingers were too big. More than three million looms have been sold since 2011.