How far can you stretch a pair of tights?

You may remember we told you a few weeks ago about the World Tights Stretching Championships taking place in Boughton Monchelsea as part of their jubilee celebrations. You may be wondering 'just how far can one stretch a pair of tights?', well ponder no more - here's what happened on the day...

While waiting to take part, the contestants enjoyed having their photos taken with a giant Pretty Polly poster...!

The crowds flocked to Boughton Monchelsea on 4th June for a traditional village fete with something for everyone.  There were a pet show and dog show, Morris dancing and martial arts, bouncy castles and welly wanging, a beer tent and burgers, stalls, sideshows and cream teas. 

The headline event was the Boughton Monchelsea World Tights Stretching Championship which was won by Andrew Whybrow & John Whitenstall (pictured below left & centre) who stretched a pair of Pretty Polly 15 denier Ladder Resist Tights to 5.6m (18’5”)!!! 

The World Record set by Duncan & Alex Robertson in 2000 still stands at an amazing 6.1m (20’).

The new Ladies World Champions are Carol Bagge and Sue Woodhams (5.45m) - pictured below right, and the Mixed Champions are Christina & James Lockhart (5.48m).

A great time was had by all!

Hold Tight for the World Tights STRETCHING Championship!

How will you be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Perhaps you’re hosting a street party, going to a BBQ or simply taking to opportunity for extra lie-ins! Not the people of Boughton Monchelsea in Kent – they have something rather exciting involving tights for the double bank holiday.

Their village fete will play host to the World Tights Stretching Championship. That’s right – tights stretching!!!

The object of the competition is for a team of 2 people to stretch a pair of ladies tights over the greatest horizontal distance without them breaking in to two or more pieces.

The founder of the competition, Robin Fuller, explains how the championships began,
“The rather glamorous idea of tights stretching had less glamorous origins.
As a drainage engineer I was called to a blocked sewage pumping station and
watched as a pair of tights was unwound from the pump impeller. They
stretched a very long way and so the idea was born.  I have run the event
several times and thought the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations was the
right occasion to launch it as a World Championship.”

Teams are invited to register for the competition in advance and bring along their own choice of ladies fashion tights or use one of the pairs dontated by Pretty Polly.

The winning team will be awarded the Boughton Monchelsea World Tights Stretching Championship Trophy

So if you’re in the area, why not pop down to the fete & see which tights stretch the furthest! The championships will begin at 2.00pm Monday 4th June 2012

Read full details of the championship here