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Where's Wally? He's behind you

PUBLISHED: 13:47 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 30 June 2010

Yarmouth Mayor Michael Jeal with the giant Wally

Yarmouth Mayor Michael Jeal with the giant Wally

GREAT Yarmouth counted down to Monday's world record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed Where's Wally with an unveiling of a giant image of the book character.

GREAT Yarmouth counted down to Monday's world record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed Where's Wally with an unveiling of a giant image of the book character.

The banner, painted by children from St. Nicholas Priory School, was suspended from the upper floors of Palmers Department store in the Market Place.

Mayor, Michael Jeal, is pictured with Paula and Shanice Burgess from M&Co in the Wally costumes they wore for the previous record attempt last October.

The mayor will be one of the independent witnesses overseeing the record attempt at 1pm on Monday and met some of the shop staff planning to take part in the event.

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 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.”

“We are planning to have enough costumes available to people turning up on the day. 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.”

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.

The world record attempt takes place 1pm, Monday in the Market Place with entertainment and competitions from 11am. Registration and costume sales will start 10am. The £1 registration fee is being split between two charities; Macmillan Cancer Support and the Have a Heart appeal which supports local children's charities.

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