‘Tour of Britain’ paper cup aims for big record

The giant cup, awaiting its yellow finish, dwarfs workers inside the Printed Cup Company factory.
The giant cup, awaiting its yellow finish, dwarfs workers inside the Printed Cup Company factory.

While the Tour of Britain riders aim to break records on Monday, another world record is being attempted just yards from the Clitheroe start line.

Workers at The Printed Cup Company made what they hope is the world’s biggest paper cup and will have it craned it on to the top of the factory roof at Mearley Brook Commercial Centre just before the race starts.

The giant cup is a perfect up-scaled version of a normal cup, measuring 4.5 metres tall by three metres wide and made of bright yellow paper, the traditional colour worn by the Tour’s winning cyclist. There’s even a cappuccino finish at the top of the cup with a deluxe swirl.

The Clitheroe firm made the cup in association with Cumbrian paper mill company James Cropper, the only company in the world to recycle paper cups. Cropper’s supplied more than 100 metres of specially dyed yellow card – enough for thousands of normal coffee cups.

Normally the Printed Cup Company can manufacture a thousand bespoke paper cups within 24 hours of receiving an order, and supplies hundreds of companies across Europe.

The giant cup, however, has taken more than a week to manufacture and needed more than 100 hours of intensive labour. It is so big that half of the factory floor had to be cleared for it.

Never having tackled such a huge job before, the team had to make it up as they went along

In an attempt to get the giant cup into Guinness World Records, company bosses hope to get the Guinness adjudicators there in good time to give them the official title of The World’s Largest Paper Cup...in case it rains and the cup turns into a soggy mess!

In accordance with the two partner companies’ ethos, the giant cup was due to be recycled once the challenge had been recorded.

* How many 16oz cups of coffee would it take to fill the giant cup? Mathematicians from Lancaster University have done the sums and for the clever person who gets it right – or nearest – there’s a road bike to be won, courtesy of the Green Jersey cycle shop of Clitheroe.

To enter go to the Printed Cup company website at: www.printedcupcompany.co.uk/blog/big-gold-cup-competition

The giant cup, awaiting its yellow finish, dwarfs workers inside the Printed Cup Company factory.