Sunday, June 19, 2011

What a bunch of Wallys: Thousands of people dress up like the children's character in an attempt to break world record

By PAMELA OWEN

Where's Wally: 3,657 people took to the streets dressed as the much-loved children's character in a bid to try and break a world record


It could be a scene straight out the children's book Where's Wally? But you certainly wouldn't have much trouble finding him among this lot.

Thousands of people took to the streets in outfits identical to the children's book character in an attempt to break a Guiness World Record.

The event was arranged by organisers of the Street Performance World Championships who think up weird and wonderful ways to break records.


Spot the difference: Where's Wally was created by British illustrator Martin Handford and the first book was published in 1987


Last year they managed to organise the world record for the most people, 1,505, on space hoppers.

This year they urged people to come dressed up in Where's Wally outfits at three locations - Cork, Portlaoise and Dublin over two weekends.

The campaign has obviously been successful because 3,657 people showed up at Merrion Square, Dublin, yesterday wearing striped white and red bobble hat with matching shirts and dark-rimmed glasses usually worn by Where's Wally.


Hands up if you can find Wally: The Street Performance World Championships managed has organised similar events and last year broke the world record for the most people on space hoppers


The crowds jumped and cheered as they tried to break the record and they refused to let the bad weather dampen their spirits when it started to rain.

Where's Wally was created by British illustrator Martin Handford and the first book was published in 1987.

The book consists of dozens of people in a certain situation and readers and tasked with trying to find Wally among the crowds.

He is more commonly known as Where's Waldo in America and Canada.



Come rain or shine: Young and old turned out to take part in the event and they refused to let the miserable weather get them down

source: dailymail

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