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Hairy Potter and St Peter’s Academy Students Attempt Selfie World Record

On Thursday 9th March, Stoke City supporter, Hairy Potter, will attempt to become a world record holder with the help of youngsters at St Peter’s Academy in Fenton.

Hairy Potter, otherwise known as Sean Ruane, will attempt to smash the current tally set for the most selfies taken in three minutes, as part of St Peter’s Academy’s ‘Big Fair Trade Break and Guinness World Record Attempt’.

‘Hairy Potter’ with Marko Arnautovic and Marc Muniesa at last year’s unsuccessful world record attempt

‘Hairy Potter’ with Marko Arnautovic and Marc Muniesa at last year’s unsuccessful world record attempt.

Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight, St Peter’s Academy will be holding special assemblies and activities focused on fair trade. The celebrations will come to a head on Thursday, as Ruane attempts to take 138 self-portrait photographs with other people in the allotted time.

Stringent Guinness World Record rules meant that Hairy Potter’s first attempt at the record last year was unsuccessful, as Ruane did not capture his arm in all of the shots taken.

The original record was set by by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on the red carpet at Leicester Square in London in May 2015, with 105 snaps clocked up. Since then Sukhpreet Singh from India raised the bar to 133 selfies at an event in Dubai in January this year.

Stoke City and Port Vale footballers are hoped to attend the event at St Peter’s to show their support, along with representatives from Engage Communities, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the City Learning Trust and the Fair Trade in Football Campaign.

Michael Astley of St Peter’s Academy said: “We are delighted to be working with the Fairtrade in Football Campaign and our local football clubs to promote sport and fair trade to our students. Thursday promises to be an excellent day for everyone involved. There will be a Fairtrade Football film and display, a smoothie bike, a penalty shoot out game and, of course, the world record attempt. It’s a fun and engaging way to communicate an important message to our young people.”

Sharron Hardwick, Fair Trade In Football Campaign Founder, said: “I’d like to thank everyone, especially St Peter’s Academy, for their help in planning, hosting, and taking part in the Fairtrade Break and Guinness World Record attempt. It’s lovely to be involved with such a great school and excellent organisations, who are keen to support local communities and Fairtrade. These actions are helping workers and their families get better lives through the benefits that Fairtrade brings; like fair wages, safe working conditions with no forced or child labour, using environmentally friendly methods. The additional funds received through Fairtrade premiums means communities can build schools, medical centres, provide clean water and much more. Together we have the power to make a difference.”

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