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Wally record bid in place

PUBLISHED: 16:29 21 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 30 June 2010

WITH a little over a week before Great Yarmouth's second attempt at setting a new world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Where's Wally organisers are making sure everything is in place.

WITH a little over a week before Great Yarmouth's second attempt at setting a new world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Where's Wally organisers are making sure everything is in place.

Bank Wally-Day Monday has attracted a lot of interest over the last few weeks and town centre manager Jonathan Newman is confident that the town can finally beat the current Guinness world record of 1052.

He said: “We have had people from all over the country register to take part, many of them pre-ordering the Wally costumes that we have had specially manufactured for the attempt.”

Mr Newman's optimism is buoyed by the fact that some 900 people have costumes left over from the previous attempt last October with a further 1,000 new costumes ordered for this attempt on Bank Holiday Monday.

Last year's attempt was foiled by the number of costumes that were purchased ahead of the event by people who did not turn out on the day.

Mr Newman added: “We are planning to have enough costumes available to people turning up on the day, and with the costumes being sold at the cost price of just £6, we are asking everyone taking part for a registration fee of £1 which is being donated to charity.”

As a thank you for taking part, supporters Boots the Chemist are preparing goody bags filled with free gifts and special offers, whilst a number of businesses and attractions around the town are planning to put on special offers of the day for people dressed as Wally.

The World Record attempt takes place at 1pm in the Market Place with the build up starting at 11am with entertainment and competitions being organised from a specially erected stage.

Registration and costume will start at 10am in the Market Place. Anyone wishing to register before the event can still do so either on-line at www.gytcp.co.uk/wally or at Books Inside and Boots in Market Gates Shopping Centre and Palmers Department Store in the Market Place.

The registration fee of £1 per is being equally split between two charities; Macmillan Cancer Care and the Have a Heart appeal which supports local children's charities.

Where's Wally costumes can also be ordered in advance and collected on the day from each of the shops listed.


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