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Comic Relief: Naked sculpture red nose world record bid

Northumberlandia with red nose
Northumberlandia with red nose

A massive Northumberland earth sculpture is trying for a world record with a huge red nose for Comic Relief.

Northumberlandia - made in the shape of a naked woman - briefly had a nose 9.7m (32ft) wide and 4.6m (15ft) high.

Durham University students made the appendage from red tarpaulin, donated material and clothes.

Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust which owns the sculpture, said: "Northumberlandia's nose is wider than the Statue of Liberty's whole head.

The students battled against bad weather to put the nose in place for about 30 minutes on Monday.

Comic Relief head of UK grants Gilly Green said: "We were delighted to see the Lady of the North donning a red nose.

"Hopefully this will inspire people to do some last minute fundraising and help us raise even more money to help people living tough lives in the UK and Africa."

Northumberlandia cost £3m to construct with 1.5 million tonnes of rock and opened to the public in September last year.

She is 100ft (30m) high and a quarter of a mile (400m) long.

The Land Trust is currently attempting to get the red nose verified as the world's biggest, by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Red Nose Day 2013 is on Friday, 15 March.

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