ALICANTE is to stage a world record bid to build the tallest-ever nativity scene with a 15-metre high figure of Joseph alongside figurines of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.

A competition has been launched to find a traditional display that will be erected for three years on Alicante’s Plaza del Ayuntamiento

The city council plans to get Guinness World Records to officially verify the scene as the world’s tallest.

According to the Guinness website, the current record dates back to 1999 in Mexico with figurines of Joseph and Mary reaching five point three metres.

Alicante´s fiestas councillor, Manuel Jiménez, said:

“We want to give a lift to business, tourism, and hospitality who have all lost money due to the coronavirus,” he commented.

The scene will be displayed between December 1 and January 6.

The successful bidder for the contract will be given €70,400 for the first year, plus payments of €26,400 for the following two years.

A special jury made up of councillors from all political parties as well as council officials and nativity scene experts will decide on who will be the winner.

Manuel Jiménez added; “The scene design will be of a unique and exclusive character to attract visitors to Alicante over the Christmas period.”

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