Great British legends unite to celebrate 60th anniversary of Guinness World Records - Tuesday 9th December 2014

To commemorate 60 years of the much loved Guinness World Records annual and record-breaking organisation, a series of short original films is today released, celebrating some of the most iconic records that have been documented over the past six decades. The series, hosted on the Guinness World Records YouTube Channel, includes never before seen contributions from truly great British record holders such as Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to name just a few, as well as commentary from Record Breakers host Cheryl Baker and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Chris Mears. The iconic records featured in this compelling 13-part series include the First Sub-Four Minute Mile, Highest Mountain, Fastest Land Speed Record, First Trans-Atlantic Crossing in a Hot Air Balloon, Tallest Dog and Fastest 100m, records that have been the driving force behind so many great human achievements and much admired by fans over the last 60 years. For a full list and synopsis of all films, please see page 3 of this release. Lord Sebastian Coe recalls hearing GWR co-founder Norris McWhirter recite the speech he gave when announcing Sir Roger Bannister had achieved the first sub-four minute mile, on the eve of McWhirter's death: "'Come on, Norris, give us the speech that you made that day'. He did it and sadly, but for us I guess fortunately, we were the last people to ever hear that." Adding, "This is an extraordinary anniversary and I am very flattered to appear in the 60 years of the journey that this book has taken." Sir Richard Branson describes the life threatening moments of his own epic journey, on the first Atlantic crossing in a hot air balloon in 1987: "I climbed back into the capsule and decided to try to fly the beast back down, then throw myself into the water." Branson added: "A very, very happy birthday Guinness World Records. 60 years old, you're very old, sorry to hear that, but it has to happen!" - London United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th December 2014 (3 images)

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