VIDEO: We have a go at ‘welly wanging’ as Bonnybridge gala day attempts to break world record

Welly throwing competition at Duncan Stewart Park, Bonnybridge (Andrew Cawley / DC Thomson)
Welly throwing competition at Duncan Stewart Park, Bonnybridge (Andrew Cawley / DC Thomson)

BILLY CONNOLLY once sang that if it wasn’t for your wellies you’d be in the hospital or infirmary.

And spectators in Bonnybridge yesterday must have feared that’s where they would end up as welly boots flew through the air.

Derek Zellman, from Bonnybridge who was competing in the competition (Andrew Cawley / DC Thomson)

To celebrate the return of the town’s gala day, an attempt was made to break the Guinness World Record for welly wanging.

Local councillor Billy Buchanan put up £1000 in prize money for any man or woman who could break the respective world records for throwing a Wellington boot the farthest distance.

The current world records were set more than 20 years ago. Teppo Luoma, from Finland, is the men’s record holder with 63.98 metres (210ft) and Sari Tirkkon, also Finnish, is the female champion with 40.87m (134ft).

Harris Fraser, (6) from Stenhousemuir, who was competing in the competition (Andrew Cawley / DC Thomson)

Local man Derrick Grant won the men’s competition while the ladies event was won by Kim Brown.

However, councillor Buchanan said that, unfortunately, neither effort managed to break the world record with the longest throw, by Derrick, being just over 30m.

And here’s how our attempts turned out…

 

 

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