The local Burns Club has expressed its disappointment that their application to get the unique feat of club stalwart Jim McAllan recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records had been rejected.
For the past 40 consecutive years Jim has carried the haggis at every annual Burns Supper organised by the Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club and the club’s committee felt that Jim’s dedication and service to the Club could be recognised by having it recorded as a world record.
“We felt that Jim’s feat was unique and that it was worthy of inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records so we applied in July,” explained club vice chairman Douglas Samways.
The Club’s hopes of having Jim’s achievement recognised throughout the world were dashed last week when they heard that their application had been rejected.
“We really thought we had a good chance of our application being accepted. We are very disappointed. Jim is a stalwart of the club and we believed that haudering the haggis for 40 years on the trot was a record,” said Mr Samways.
The Stonehaven Burns Club’s application was rejected by Guinness World Records on the grounds that, according to their team of expert Record Managers, it did not measure up because it was not “singularly superlative, verifiable, standardisable, breakable and present an element of skill”.
Commenting on the GBWR response, Mr Samways said, “In our view our claim meets all of these criteria.”
“Their Record Managers clearly don’t think there’s a skill in haudering the haggis. Maybe they should try it.”
This is the second time this year an application to the GBWR from Stonehaven has been turned down. In May the Stonehaven and District Lions Club applied to that organisation to see if they could get in the book for having the largest number of people eating a battered Mars Bar and drinking Irn Bru at the same time. But their idea was also rejected on the grounds that there was no skill involved and because it was not unusual for large groups of people to eat together.