Boy aged 12 takes top prize of car in raffle

George Baldwin with TV personality George Clarke and parents Helen and Shaun

George Baldwin with TV personality George Clarke and parents Helen and Shaun

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A schoolboy who was involved in a world record bid got more than he bargained for when he won a brand-new car.

But now 12-year-old George Baldwin, from Chorley, will have to wait to get behind the wheel, because he’s not old enough to drive.

The St Michael’s CE High School pupil attended an official Guinness World Record attempt at the Lytham St George’s Day Charity Festival, which aimed to gather 1,097 Georges in one place.

And despite the record not being broken, George isn’t complaining about the consolation prize.

George, from Withnell Fold, was with mum Helen and dad Shaun when he scooped the a red and white Mini Cooper three-door hatch – worth £15,000.

Architect and presenter of TV’s Restoration Man George Clarke drew young George’s name to be the winner, and while he won’t be able to get behind the wheel for a few years yet, George and his parents were thrilled to hear his name called.

The Chorley FC fan said: “When I heard about the record attempt, I thought it would be fun to come along with my friend, who’s also called George.

“I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out and it still hasn’t sunk in.

“Now I’ve just got to wait until I’m old enough to start driving lessons!”

Georges from as far afield as Scotland travelled to participate in the historic event, with the youngest aged just four weeks old.

In total 105 Georges braved the rain to help make the parade extra special, and while it was not enough to break the record set by ‘Mohammeds’ in Dubai 10 years ago, it is thought this year’s festival has broken records for attendance and charity fundraising.

Bob Gallagher, chairman of the St George’s Day Charity Festival, said: “Although we didn’t break the world record, we’re proud to have set a new record in the UK and this will help to encourage more people to celebrate St George’s Day and put Lytham on the map.

“We’re record breakers in other ways too, as this year we smashed attendance records compared to previous festivals. Early indications also suggest we’ve raised a record amount for this year’s nominated charities.

“Thank you to all the Georges that took part in the record attempt and also to the many businesses, community groups and local people that supported us on the day.”

All money raised during the St George’s Day Charity Festival will be donated to the 2015 beneficiaries – ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, Trinity Hospice and The Boathouse Youth.