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Prolific pompom producers poach prize

Chelsea aged care residents are among the newest Australian record holders thanks to 10,000 colourful pompoms.

A team from Lifeview Argyle Court in Chelsea created the nation’s longest line of pompoms.

Originally setting their sights on 7,777 pompoms to leverage off the potential luck of the number seven, they soon met and surpassed the goal.

The official count took place yesterday at the Chelsea Town Hall in front of a crowd of Argyle Court residents and staff, local MP Tim Richardson and official Australian Book of Records adjudicators.

They counted 10,359 pompoms, stretching 348.4 metres.

Photo: Lifeview

Lifeview chief executive Madeline Gall said art and craft activities, like the pompom record attempt, are a great way for all residents and staff to get involved and work to a common goal.

“They have worked extremely hard so it’s very rewarding to see that their hard work has paid off,” Gall said. “It’s a wonderful achievement and the residents should be very proud of themselves.”

All Lifeview homes are now looking at getting together to take on the world record.

The Argyle Court team plan to turn the pompoms into earnings, headbands, bags and other accoutrements.

The previous record of 6,977 pompoms, held by the Australian Country Spinners from Wangaratta, had remained unbeaten since August 2013.

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