Stockport children in giant coat record bid

Mammoth coat
Image caption The coat is made up of nearly 8,000 knitted panels

Children and parishioners in Stockport are hoping they have broken the world record for the largest coat ever made, after a community knitting project.

The coat was made as part of a project for the annual festival at St George's Church and primary school.

It is made up of nearly 8,000 knitted panels and measures 42ft 6in (13m) by 18ft 2in (5.5m).

It is said to beat the measurements of the current world record held by a coat made in the Ukraine.

'Kept growing'

The youngsters have been taught how to knit by members of the church after a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, based on the biblical story of Joseph and his "coat of many colours".

Chris Dawson, from St George's Church festival committee, said: "We originally planned to have 3,000 squares. It just kept growing and growing."

The coat was hung up in the church and will now be entered for a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

It will eventually be taken apart and given to charity for blankets.

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