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Pupils in record walk bid

PUBLISHED: 17:29 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

SUPPORTERS: Carlone McCann, 11, Mikie Ashley-Barrett, 11, Emily Wood,11, and friends from St Philomena’s School in Orpington.

SUPPORTERS: Carlone McCann, 11, Mikie Ashley-Barrett, 11, Emily Wood,11, and friends from St Philomena's School in Orpington.

MORE than 200 children have taken part in an attempt to create the longest walking bus in the world. Pupils from St Philomena s Roman Catholic School, in Chelsfield Road, took to the streets of Orpington on June 16 at to raise awareness of the amount of

MORE than 200 children have taken part in an attempt to create the longest walking bus in the world.

Pupils from St Philomena's Roman Catholic School, in Chelsfield Road, took to the streets of Orpington on June 16 at to raise awareness of the amount of schoolchildren killed on the road every year.

The world record breaking march, organised by road charity Brake, saw 135,000 children from across the country pounding the pavements at the same time.

Sam Coleman, travel plan co-ordinator at the school, said: "The whole school has been involved in this, from the Year Six pupils who planned the route to reception, who did a slightly shorter walk.

"The children have made banners for the walk and are getting really involved. They were each given an ice pop when they got back as a reward."

Council bosses say that in Bromley, which has the highest car ownership rates in London, they want to increase the amount of young people who walk or cycle to school.

Caroline McCann, 11, in Year Six, said: "I catch the bus sometimes and I walk to school sometimes. The cars here go too fast and they should slow down."

Two members of the Cray Valley East Safer Neighbourhood Team, as well as Daniel Beckett from Bromley council, were present at the walk to act as independent witnesses for the record attempt.

Pupils and school staff are now waiting for confirmation their efforts have broken the world record of the longest walking bus in the world.

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