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Thursday 30 April 2020

The Covid Arms: Have A Pint Protect The Key Workers & Attempt A Guinness World Record

For one night only on Friday (1/5/2020) at 8pm become part of an official Guinness World Records title attempt by staying in and sitting on your arse.

Break a Guinness World Records title for the most visitors to a virtual pub, support your local pubs and donate to The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus appeal - all while wearing your slippers

On Friday, May 1st, join The Covid Arms 'landlady' Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and her host of celebrity guests; Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Joel Dommett, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Lucy Beaumont, Jenny Ryan and Suzi Ruffel, for a night in at the world's largest virtual pub.

On the mission to host the World's biggest lock-in, Simon Deverell, Founder and Director of Crowdfunder UK (and co-landlord of The Covid Arms), said:

"After the news broke that the lockdown had been extended for another three weeks, we thought that the time was right to celebrate the incredible community spirit and humour at the heart of the British public by bringing back the Great British tradition of sharing a pint.

"We started this campaign in collaboration with the brilliant Covid Arms team, founded by Kiri, Jess and Jake. 

"They began the initiative to stream live comedy at 'The Covid Arms' in support of charity, and we're helping to scale this for an amazing cause; showing our support and solidarity with not only our local businesses, but the emergency workers across the nation keeping us safe." 

In these challenging times one of the things that we are all missing is the sense of community that thrives through our local businesses.

The food and beverage industry has been greatly affected by this pandemic; so let's give back, share a drink and enjoy the company of our favourite pub owners, neighbours and friends in the safest way possible - and why not break a world record while we"re at it?

Admission to The Covid Arms will support your local watering hole, as well as the emergency workers who are risking their lives everyday. 

Help honour them by staying home, logging in and letting the fun begin. 

Entry will be based on a pay-it-forward scheme so any pubs missing their locals can register online, and let their community know they're (virtually) open for business.

Guinness World Records Editor in Chief Craig Glenday adds: 

"Any initiative that keeps as many of us indoors as possible right now is worth celebrating, so fingers crossed for a record-breaking knees up. 

"The next best thing to a night out with your mates is a night IN with your mates - and let's face it, when are you ever going to get the chance again to share a drink with so many celebs in the same pub?'

To find out more about how you can get involved, and buy tickets for a night in at The Covid Arms go to:

by: Mike Cobley


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