Pupils from a school in Athlone are hoping to set a world record for the longest letter to Santa Claus.

Students from Athlone Community College have come up with a novel way to raise money for aid in Somalia, while also attempting to achieve a place in the 'Guinness Book of Records'.

They have written a 400 foot (approximately 122 metre) long letter to Santa Claus, that, when unfurled along the Shannon Road Bridge, spans the counties of Westmeath and Roscommon, and two provinces, Leinster and Connacht.

The boys and girls who worked on the letter spent months on the project, raising £400 for charity in the process.

They have since sent all relevant documentation associated with their letter to Guinness World Records' headquarters in London, and are hoping for a place in the 1994 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

Over the six week lead up period to Christmas, An Post expects to handle 60,000 letters addressed to Santa Claus in the North Pole. The postage for the longest letter to Santa remains unknown.

An RTÉ News report was broadcast on 26 November 1993. The reporter is Tom Kelly.