Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Scout jamboree tries to break world hand-shaking record at Punchestown

Thousands of scouts from all over the world will be trying to break a world record at the Scouting Ireland Jamboree Camp at Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare later today.

Just under 12,500 people from all over the world have taken part in the ten-day event.

An attempt is being made at the closing ceremony this evening to smash the world record for the number of people shaking hands at the same time.

Ciara Higgins is one of the organizers of the Jamboree. She said, 'One thousand volunteers involved in this very large event. We've been planning it for over three years, so it was a huge undertaking to get everybody here to Punchestown camping for ten days. We've had a great time - it was hard work, but it all came together in the end.'

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