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Where's Wally? In Great Yarmouth!

PUBLISHED: 14:29 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 03 July 2010

HISTORY could be made in Great Yarmouth town centre next month and readers are invited to take part as the town attempts to break the Where's Wally? world record.

HISTORY could be made in Great Yarmouth town centre next month and readers are invited to take part as the town attempts to break the Where's Wally? world record.

Participants should now be able to register to take part by logging on to the Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership's website www.gytcp.co.uk - and push the town into the Guiness Book of Records.

Organisers are awaiting delivery of the Wally outfit, which comprises a red stripy shirt, bobble hat and glasses which will be sold in the town centre and online in the lead up to WallyDay on October 24. However, people can wear their own Wally outfits as long as they meet the organiser's specifications. Just £5 gets you entry to the event as well as the Wally outfit.

The aim is to beat the current record for the number of people in one place dressed as the children's book character which currently stands at 1,052 people and was set in New York.

The campaign started in July with pupils from St Nicholas' Priory Junior School painting a giant drawing of Wally complete with his custom red and white striped jumper, black-framed glasses and bobble hat.

The record-breaking attempt is the brainchild of independent bookseller Martin Blackwell from Books Inside in Market Gates shopping centre.

Mr Blackwell was visiting New York earlier this year when he picked up a free newspaper which carried a front page story on the record-breaking number of people dressed as Where's Waldo?, the American name for the character.

He said: “My kids, who are aged in their 20s now, loved Where's Wally? and they always found him before I did. I read about the record in the local paper on the Subway and just thought, we could do better than that.”

Anyone wanting to support the event can contact Mr Blackwell at Books Inside on 01493 850777 or e-mail martin@thelocalbookshop.co.uk.

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