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Bury St Edmunds: Fairies strutt their stuff for world record bid

PUBLISHED: 13:52 14 December 2012

Fairy world record attempt outside the Arc in Bury St Edmunds.

Fairy world record attempt outside the Arc in Bury St Edmunds.

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IT may have not been a world record ... but organisers were thrilled and bouyed by the support they received in their bid to get up to 800 people in Bury St Edmunds town centre dressed in pink fairy outfits.

Men, women and children of all ages, and from all over Suffolk, flocked to the town in a bid to get into the Guinness World Record.

Even though their target of 787 fell short by 365 organisers were delighted that over 400 people turned up on a cold winter’s evening to help swell the numbers in town for Thursday’s late night shopping and also raising £827 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Laura Hudson, the chair of the West Suffolk branch of the charity, said: “I am really pleased that in the freezing conditions we still managed to get that may people out in their tutus to show their support for Suffolk Breakthrough.

“Everyone looked fantastic and the atmosphere was great; we even had all the fairies doing the Macarena in Charter Square, certainly not something you see every day.”

She said she had a huge amount of positive feedback from the event and also paid credit to Mark Cordell, the chief executive of Bid4Bury, for helping to organise the evening.

He said: “Even though we didn’t beat the record it was a very successful night from my perspective getting so many people into the town who were also supporting such a wonderful cause and helping to raise its profile.”

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