A PETITION to help an avid bugler to receive a Guinness World Record has been given the Parliamentary nod after a discussion in the House of Commons.
Last week we told the story of Paul Goose who has played The Last Post on the bugle every night since March to honour the staff and victims who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Paul began his endeavour to help raise money for Barnsley Hospital’s intensive care unit - for which he has since raised £10,000.
His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, and Paul has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award, as well as receiving a Barnsley Spirit Award for all he has done.
We began the petition last week after it was revealed that Paul had been snubbed for a Guinness Word Record for the ‘longest consecutive days playing The Last Post on a bugle’ - which was dubbed ‘too specific’ by world record organisers.
Since the petition was launched, it has reached almost 1,000 signatures and this week was discussed in Parliament.
Barnsley East MP, Stephanie Peacock spoke about Paul’s achievements and urged the government to commend him for his efforts.
Speaking in Westminster, Stephanie said: “My constituent, Paul Goose, a former member of the First Battalion of the Light Infantry, has played ‘The Last Post’ on his doorstep since the first UK lockdown began, and in doing so he has raised £10,000 for Barnsley Hospital’s ICU.
“Will the Leader of the House join with me in congratulating and thanking him for his efforts, and in calling on the Guinness Book of World Records to consider recognising his achievement?”
Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said: “What a wonderful tale, £10,000 raised for the Barnsley ICU is a terrific achievement, and I hope the Guinness Book of Records will recognise this.
“Playing The Last Post every day, it is always such a moving tune, and to hear it must be very important for the residents nearby, and a pleasure for them.
“I congratulate her constituent, and though I have no influence with the editors of the Guinness Book of Records, I hope that they will hear her plea.”
Visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/give-paul-goose-his-guinness-world-record to sign the petition.
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Parliamentary approval for bugler’s petition
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