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THE Loudest Whisper united people from across Stockton as they took part in the world's largest ever game of Chinese Whispers.
Over two days, a whisper travelled across Stockton with in a bid to spread a positive message about the town.
e event was a response to the decision by production company Love Productions to lm a new series of the controversial TV series Benets Street in Kingston Road, Stockton.
Organiser Mike McGrother said: "We know it's 10 times bigger than the last ocial world record for a Chinese Whisper, but we haven't gone down that route because for it to be an ocial record, it has to be in one place and we want to spread the message across Stock-Stockton.
"e nature of a Chinese Whisper reminds us that a message can be manipulated, but we are choosing to remind people of how a positive message can bring a community together."
On Friday, three colourful clowns sprang out of a "caravan of love" to get the whisper under way. At 9am, the clowns - from the Urban Kaos street dance group - passed the mystery message on to world and European champion sprinter and proud Stocktonian Richard Kilty.
He then passed the message on to students at North Shore Academy - just a stone's thrown away from Kingston Road.
Over the two days, the clowns escorted the mystery message through and by some of the borough's best-known icons, including the Innity Bridge, Preston Park Museum and grounds, and Wynyard Hall.
e message survived intact - it said: "is is Stockton-on-Tees".
Crowds gathered in Ropner Park, Stockton, to join in the |whispering campaign
Even bikers joined in with the record attempt in Ropner Park