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Bestival 2014 disco ball is world's largest

Mark McKinley of Guinness World Record Image copyright Victor Frankowski

A giant disco ball at this year's Bestival has been verified as being the world's largest by Guinness World Records.

The ball, which is 10.33m in diameter, was raised and spun at the festival on the Isle of Wight at the start of Chic's finale set on Sunday.

The record was verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Mark McKinley after the ball was measured by surveyor Ollie Salter.

The previous record was 9.98 metres.

The ball, by creative firm Newsubstance, led by Mungo Denison, took three months to build.

Image copyright Victor Frankowski

Mr Denison said: "It's taken the team three months of blood, sweat and mirror tiles to design and fabricate this gigantic beast - it's been a fantastic journey."

This year's festival had a Desert Island Disco theme, with revellers encouraged to wear fancy dress.

Festival curator Rob da Bank said: "We love a challenge at Bestival, so when Nile Rodgers asked us to do something spectacular we knew it had to be beyond amazing.

"We don't do things by halves, we get immersive and take them head on, so we're very proud to have cracked the world record.

"Our Desert Island Disco has been utterly incredible, and to top it all off with the Guinness World Records title for the largest disco ball is the best feeling ever."

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