It sounds amazing, but it is true. Guinness World of Records officials will be making a visit to Whitwell this week to adjudicate their entry for the World’s Longest Doormat.
For several weeks now, residents in the South of Wight have been puzzled over the new addition to roadside banks on entering Whitwell from Ventnor. The items arrived shortly after the recent widening of the road.
They started off as green oblongs shapes, strangely resembling new turf, but soon settled into their surroundings, just like a chameleon and changed their colour to the same brown as the soil they’d been laid on.
However, the mystery is now over, because it was confirmed today, that it is in fact the Isle of Wight Council’s bid to get our fair Isle into the Guinness World of Records.
Island Chief Executive, Joe Duckworth told us that he was hoping that the regularity of his entries in the Rotton Boroughs section of Private Eye would surely have secured the Island a place in the esteemed record breakers bible, but not so.
“You know, I tried but couldn’t make it on my own, so we all sat around with our thinking caps on and came up with the idea. We agreed it would be a great way to bring the Island to the attention of a worldwide audience. And, you know, what better way to to do it than with the World’s longest welcome mat!”