Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Toast soldiers set a world record

Soldiers at Imjin Barracks, Gloucester during the Winston's Wish Great British Brekkie World Record Attempt for Most Soldiers Dipping Egg Soldiers simultaneously

Troops at a barracks have dunked 179 toast soldiers into soft-boiled eggs simultaneously to break a world record.

Soldiers from HQ Allied Rapid Response Corps undertook the task at Imjin Barracks in Gloucestershire, at 10am today.

Doug Herbert, quarter master sergeant instructor, instructed the troops to have their toast soldiers ready before shouting the order to "dip, eat, dip".

Catering teams had soft-boiled 300 eggs for exactly two minutes and 15 seconds and toasted 20 loaves - 300 slices - of bread for the event.

Evidence of the attempt, which took place in the barrack's gymnasium, will now be sent to Guinness World Records for verification.

In 2012, the Coldstream Guards and Grenadiers achieved the current record for "the most people dipping egg soldiers simultaneously", with 100 dips in unison.

The troops took part in the synchronised breakfast in support of childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish.

Their dipping action marked the launch of the charity's Great British Brekkie, a week-long fundraiser beginning on February 10.

QMSI Herbert said: " The soldiers taking part today in the Guinness world record attempt were delighted to be asked to support Winston's Wish.

"We were honoured to help launch the Great British Brekkie fundraiser and hope as many people as possible will take part and raise money for a very worthwhile charity."

After eating their breakfast, the troops were presented with a Guinness World Record attempt medal.

The Great British Brekkie campaign invites people to host a charity breakfast in February in an attempt to raise £50,000 for Winston's Wish.

Catherine Ind, chief executive of Winston's Wish, said: " It has been wonderful to have the support of the soldiers from Imjin Barracks in our world record attempt to launch our Great British Brekkie fundraiser.

"We hope everybody will join us by taking part and enjoy a breakfast event at a location of their choice whilst raising valuable funds that will directly support children and their families before, during and after bereavement."

Winston's Wish has been offering a specialist service provision for bereaved children of military families since 2011, thanks to funding from Help for Heroes.

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