By George! Schoolboy, 12, wins £15,000 Mini Cooper

George Baldwin with TV personality George Clarke and parents Helen and Shaun
George Baldwin with TV personality George Clarke and parents Helen and Shaun

A schoolboy who was involved in a world record bid got more than he bargained for when he won a brand new car.

But 12-year-old George Baldwin, from Withnell Fold, will have to wait to get behind the wheel – as he is clearly not old enough to drive.

The St Michael’s CE High School pupil attended an official Guinness World Record attempt at the Lytham St George’s Day Charity Festival, which aimed to gather 1,097 Georges in one place.

And despite the record not being broken, George is not complaining about the consolation prize. George was with mum Helen and dad Shaun when he scooped the red and white Mini Cooper three-door hatch, worth £15,000.

Architect and presenter of TV’s Restoration Man George Clarke drew George’s name to be the winner, and while he will not be able to get behind the wheel for a few years yet, George and his parents were thrilled. The Chorley FC fan said: “When I heard about the record attempt, I thought it would be fun to come along with my friend, who’s also called George. I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out.” Georges from as far afield as Scotland travelled to participate in the historic event, with the youngest aged just four weeks.In total 105 Georges braved and while it was not enough to break the record set by Mohammeds in Dubai 10 years ago, it is thought this year’s festival has broken records for attendance and charity fund-raising.