It’s 57 varieties for Beany conga

24 July 2011

Exactly 57 people joined Captain Beany in his bid to set the Welsh conga record today, in aid of the British Heart Foundation. The number chimed perfectly with the Captain’s bean theme, as it’s also a famous element of the Heinz baked beans brand.

Captain Beany and Miss Face of Charity Swansea Paige King, set out with local groovers on a fundraising conga along Aberavon seafront in aid of the British Heart Foundation

Captain Beany and Miss Face of Charity Swansea, Paige King, set out with local groovers on a fundraising conga along Aberavon seafront in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Photo by Rachel Howells

It’s been 25 years since Barry Kirk – otherwise known as Captain Beany – first sat in a bath of beans for charity and became an overnight sensation. Since then he’s raised what he estimates must be around £100,000 for local charities.

Today, he added to that total, raising an estimate of £300 for the British Heart Foundation.

Paige King, Miss Charity Face of Swansea took part in the conga, and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jeff Dinham, was there to launch and support the event.

“It’s a pleasure to come down and support Captain Beany with his fundraising. He does such wonderful work for Port Talbot,” he said.

Janye Lewis, fundraising volunteer manager for the British Heart Foundation, was delighted with the number of people who turned out to conga with the Captain.

She said: “It’s great to see everyone laughing and smiling. You never know with an event like this how many people will turn up, but lots of people came and we are really pleased.”

Children as young as three joined adults of all ages to travel from the Swn Y Mor nursing home, finally crossing the finish line at the RNLI station, where Captain Beany claimed a Welsh record had been set for the longest conga. The world record is for almost 120,000 people, and was set in Miami in 1998.

“We had a few problems with the soundtrack, but we all sang to fill in the gaps, and there was a great spirit about the event,” said Captain Beany. “I want to thank all my little beans for coming along and supporting the British Heart Foundation.”

More photographs of the event will be published on Port Talbot MagNet tomorrow.

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