Fairport fly the flag for gallery’s world record bid

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Legendary folk rock band Fairport Convention are getting their crayons out to help Warwickshire stately home Compton Verney celebrate its tenth birthday as an independent art gallery.

All five members of the group, which holds its annual music festival at nearby Cropredy, have drawn their very own unique pennants in a bid to help the gallery form a world record-beating seven-mile chain of bunting.

Fairport visited the gallery last Friday to create their own flags. Bass player Dave Pegg said: “We need seven miles of pennants so we’re inviting the audience at Cropredy this year to do some.

“If they do a couple each or one every minute or every hour we should be okay,” he joked.

“We’ve got strong links to the area and this is a wonderful gallery. We hope this record attempt will drum up lots of people to come along to the gallery. When you see something in a gallery setting it has real impact.”

Compton Verney staff are encouraging residents to help them break the world record for the longest bunting by making flags in the home’s Discovery Room. A team from Compton Verney will also have a stall at this year’s Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, running from August 7-9 where fans can decorate blank flags with pencils, crayons and paints.

For more information about the world record bid, visit www.comptonverney.org.uk