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Cockermouth shop aiming to help break paper dolls chain world record

A chain of paper dolls hanging in a Cockermouth bookshop is hoping to smash a world record.

Paper doll chain record attempt photo
Catherine Hetherington at the New Bookshop

Catherine Hetherington, owner of The New Bookshop, is asking people to come in off the street, colour in a paper doll, and add it to the growing wall collection.

It’s part of a national campaign to make the world’s longest chain, hoping to be the length of 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

And to achieve this around 11,500 doll templates need to be coloured in before being tied together in London where the Guinness World Record will be attempted in September.

It is the brainchild of publishers Pan Macmillan Children’s Books and follows the launch of its latest book The Paper Dolls, by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb.

And for every doll that joins, the publishers will donate 10p to Save the Children.

“We thought it was for a really good cause, and that’s why we got involved,” said Mrs Hetherington, “Other book shops in the country are taking part but we are the only one in west Cumbria and between all of us we need to make 3km of paper dolls for the world record.”

People have until the middle of August to create their doll, which will then be packed up and sent down to the publishers in London.

And to entice people into the shop, staff have created six big paper dolls to decorate the window.

Tomorrow there will be a table set up in the shop with colouring pencils.

People can either pick up a paper doll from the Main Street bookshop to take home and colour in before returning it, or can download their own at and hand it in at the shop.


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