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Yarmouth to launch another Where's Wally record bid

PUBLISHED: 07:57 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:41 02 July 2010

Where's Wally? World record attempt at Great Yarmouth.

Where's Wally? World record attempt at Great Yarmouth.

Stephen Pullinger

Great Yarmouth town centre partnership has declared May 31 as Bank 'Wallyday' Monday as it sets about organising another attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the Where's Wally book character.

Great Yarmouth town centre partnership has declared May 31 as Bank “Wallyday” Monday as it sets about organising another attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the Where's Wally book character.

The official record attempt was due to be launched today in Yarmouth Market Place with the restoration of a 55ft tall banner of Wally, or Waldo as he is also known.

The public will be asked to help in re-painting the giant print of Wally that was originally completed by children from the town's St Nicholas Priory Junior School last year.

Following a turnout of 901 Wallys for the first attempt in October, town centre manager Jonathan Newman is convinced that Yarmouth has an appetite for a second attempt on the record which stands at 1,050.

He said: “Everyone had such a great time when we tried this before I am certain that many of those people who already have a Wally costume will want to give it another go.”

And in preparation for the day Mr Newman has ordered another 1,000 red and white striped t-shirts and bobble hats to supply to potential Wallys.

The costumes can be pre-ordered at £6 each, and will be available to collect on the morning that the World Record attempt takes place at 1pm on May 31.

Anyone wishing to take part will need to register either on-line at www.gytcp.co.uk/wally or at Books Inside and Boots in Market Gates shopping centre and Palmers department storeRegistering will cost £1 per person which is being equally split between Macmillan Cancer Care and the Have a Heart appeal which gives money to local children's charities.

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