KNITTERS in Westbury and the surrounding area are being invited to contribute to an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records entry for the world’s longest scarf.

Emma Symonds, the owner of E J Crafts in Westbury, is hoping to break the current world record of 33.74 miles set by a hospice group in Wales.

She said: “We need your help at attempting to break a Guinness World Record. We can beat the current record in a year.”

Miss Symonds, 35, launched her bid on March 19 and is encouraging anyone who can, or cannot knit, to take part.

“”You will need size 4 needles and DK wool. Cast on 50 stitches and each piece needs to be 20 inches or roughly 134 rows in stocking stitch.

“It is perfect for using up all your odds and ends as it can be any colour you want. It can also be done between projects.

“Once the pieces are done, you can pop them into the shop or post them to 18 Maristow Street, Westbury, BA13 3DN.”

“If you want to join in but do not know how to knit, E J Crafts can offer knitting lessons, one-to-one or in a group setting.”

The world record was set by friends, supporters and volunteers of the Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in Wales.

Work started in May 2002 and the scarf was measured at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on June 23 2005.