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Goddess wins by a red nose Northumberlandia's nose is wider than the Statue of Liberty's whole head; Sculpture drafted in by students for Comic Relief record.

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THE North East's largest lady joined in with efforts to do something funny for money, donning a gigantic red nose for Comic Relief.

As visitors to the region's biggest sculpture looked on, students from Durham University helped dress Northumberlandia in a 12m wide red tarpaulin - then covered it in specially donated squares of red material.

The stunt comes ahead of this year's Red Nose Day on Friday.

Durham University Charities Kommittee member Olivia Milligan, said: "We were thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of this national charity event, let alone potentially having a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

"Everyone was really enthusiastic about putting a huge red nose on The Lady of the North and will most likely be a point of conversation for a while to come."

Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust, which owns the 1.5m tonne sculp-ture, said he was delighted to see the students helping out.

"We can't think of a bigger nose anywhere in the world - for example Northumberlandia's nose is wider than the Statue of Liberty's whole head," he said.

"Although a lady would never tell, her nose is 9.7m wide, the width at the top of the nose is 3.2m and the height is 4.6m - That is about the size of four double-decker busses or an average sized house."

Elsewhere, comedian Miranda Hart was in the region to try and break the world record for the most male armpits waxed - though first ended up in Newcastle's RVI hospital after toppling off her high heels.

After taking on the challenge she said: "I am still rubbish at it. It's not a very pleasant task, I'm covered in wax and hair. It has got to be up there with the strangest things I have ever been asked to do."

The TV star, who is taking on five days of challenges, was told about her first task live on Radio 2 by breakfast show host Chris Evans. "I thought it was funny when they first told me, but then I discovered it was going to be male rugby players' armpits," she said. "I thought, 'oh nice, rugby players,' then 'actually that is a bit grim'.

"Some tried to be all macho and keep quiet, but one or two let out a little yelp. I can't lie, I have drawn blood. The beauty therapist said it was normal, but it didn't look great. At least I can say I am also going through pain while I was inflicting it on them."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2013
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