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Fancy dressing up for world record bid

PUBLISHED: 23:11 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:55 05 July 2010

OFFICIALS from Record Holders Republic will be at Southwold next month for a second attempt to set a world record for the most people in fancy dress.

The world record attempt takes place at Southwold Common on Sunday, August 17, and is being organised by John Huggins who has been inspired by his seriously ill granddaughter Sophie's fight for life.

OFFICIALS from Record Holders Republic will be at Southwold next month for a second attempt to set a world record for the most people in fancy dress.

The world record attempt takes place at Southwold Common on Sunday, August 17, and is being organised by John Huggins who has been inspired by his seriously ill granddaughter Sophie's fight for life.

Already more than 100 people have registered to take part and it is hoped that the number who take part will top last year's figure of 352.

Last year the attempt failed to be officially recognised but Record Holders Republic adjudicators have said they will be present and if successful, the attempt will be registered.

“To qualify as a participant people must wear at least three items of fancy dress and this will be checked at registration on the day,” said Mr Huggins who is delighted that a world record could be set.

“It was a wonderful day last year when so many people took part but this year if we can also set a world record it will be the icing on the cake,” he said.

Mr Huggins has received a lot of support for the event from local businesses and organisations including Southwold Red Lion, Southwold Summer Theatre, Nutters of Southwold, Harbour Marine Services, The Black Olive, Southwold Pier and Joules.

Southwold Mayor Teresa Baggott will be judging the fancy dress competition with prizes for the best entries.

“We are continuing to welcome more people to take part and register for the day. We would also like to hear from people who want to donate prizes for the tombola or who want to act as stewards on the day,” said Mr Huggins.

Last year nearly £30,000 was raised for charities that have helped Sophie who has been fighting an aggressive brain tumour.

This year money raised is being divided between the Children's Trust, East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) and Cancer Research UK.

The event starts at the Common near the sports pavilion and there will then be a two-mile sponsored walk for fancy dress participants. This year's theme is children's characters.

To take part register online at www.sophiesworldrecord.org

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