In pictures: Weymouth Jubilee record jigsaw collapse
- 30 April 2013
- From the section Dorset
How a 35-day attempt to create a world-record sized jigsaw puzzle ended in disaster.
Dave Evans, from Weymouth, spent 35 days hand-cutting a 19ft 6in by 8ft (6m by 2.5m) jigsaw made up of 40,000 pieces, featuring 33 images of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The jigsaw was intended to go on display at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk before it is auctioned to raise money for Help for Heroes.
No record existed for the largest hand-cut, wooden jigsaw puzzle and Mr Evans' mammoth jigsaw attracted widespread media attention.
The jigsaw was due to be moved to Sandringham where it was to be displayed alongside 100,000 cards sent to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
But disaster struck on Thursday. A webcam captured the moment when Mr Evans tried to adjust the puzzle slightly and it collapsed onto the floor. "My first reaction was to say 'worse things happen at sea'", he said.