A 40,000-piece jigsaw created for a world record attempt has collapsed, leaving the craftsman who made it the task of putting it back together. Dave Evans, from Weymouth, spent 35 days hand-cutting the wooden 19ft 6in by 8ft (6m by 2.5m) jigsaw, featuring 33 images of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
He completed it on Wednesday but when he returned on Thursday
it had moved slightly. As he was making adjustments, he said he became distracted and it
collapsed. Mr Evans said the jigsaw had been left on a slight slope and he decided to
adjust it to stop it moving further. At that moment, a passer-by stopped to ask for directions and, while he was
distracted, the "whole thing just collapsed".
He said: "My first reaction was to say 'worse things happen at sea' because all the
information had already been sent off to Guinness World Records. It's one thing cutting the
jigsaw but it's totally another thing for it to dismantle itself. I suppose the
interesting thing is how long it will take to reassemble. I expect it will take
about four days."
The jigsaw is due to go on display at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk in
May before it is auctioned to raise money for Help for Heroes. Guinness World Records said it takes up to six weeks to verify an
attempt. A spokeswoman confirmed no record exists for the largest hand-cut, wooden
jigsaw puzzle. For a new entry to be created the work had to be at least 10,000