1951, whilst staying at Castlebridge House in Co. Wexford as part
of a shooting party, Sir Hugh Beaver, the
managing director, was involved in a dispute as to
whether the golden plover was Europe's fastest
game bird. Then in 1954,
another argument arose as to whether grouse were faster than
Sir Hugh realised that such questions could arise among people
in pubs and a book that provided answers for
debates such as
these would be of great use to licensees.
Chris Chataway, the record-breaking athlete, was then an
underbrewer at Guinness' Park Royal Brewery in
London. He recommended the ideal people to produce the book - the
twins Norris and Ross McWhirter.
The McWhirters were then running a fact-finding agency in Fleet
They were commissioned to compile what
became 'The Guinness Book of
Records' and, after a busy year
research, the first copy of the 198-page book was
27th August 1955. It was an instant success.
The Guinness Book of Records English edition is now distributed in 70
different countries with another 22
in foreign languages.
If he can say as
Guinness is good for you
How grand to be a Toucan
Just think what Toucan do