VIDEO: Cardinham father and daughter set new Guinness world record
A CARDINHAM schoolgirl and her dad are the proud new holders of one of the zaniest of world records.
Polly and Harry Mayman have broken the official Guinness World Record for the "most smoke rings launched into a target using an air vortex cannon in one minute.''
The pair achieved the feat at the Guinness World Records Officially Amazing Science Live at Truro's Hall for Cornwall last week.
Now, 11-year-old Polly has ambitions to set more world records.
The smoke rings were fired from the stage from an "airzooka", a type of cannon invented in the 1970s by a US Air Force officer.
Polly had to run around the auditorium to "catch" the 80cm smoke rings using a hula-hoop-size ring on a pole fired by her dad from the airzooka on stage.
She managed to catch 14 smoke rings, smashing the previous world record of 10.
Polly said: "I really enjoyed the show, it was very entertaining but what made it so special was going onto the stage and smashing the world record with Dad.
"I was lucky as my dad was the only one who volunteered out of all of my friends' parents. My friends were very jealous.
"I am thinking about trying to break another record, maybe even my own, but during the show we learnt about the man who has most world records – 144 – and I was thinking it would be fun to try to beat that.
"Since I am only 11 I might have a chance but I have a lot of work to do to beat him.''
Her dad Harry, who runs The Wool Company, based on Bodmin Moor, said: "The children had a blast and came away quite inspired to go break a record, and in fact we all had fun.''