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Whitby ‘vampires’ break world record on anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Over 1,000 people defied a vampire’s number one enemy – the sun – to beat the world record for the most people to dress up like the famed character.

May 27, 2022
By Max McLean, PA
27 May 2022

LONDON: The 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been celebrated in the English town of Whitby by over 1,000 people breaking the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires.

A total of 1,369 people attended the event in North Yorkshire on Thursday dressed as the ghoulish character, breaking the record of 1,039 set in Doswell, Virginia, in 2011.

The novel Dracula was first published in 1897, and Stoker’s legendary tale was said to have been inspired by a trip to Whitby in 1890.

People dressed as Vampires at Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire, as they attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most amount of vampires in one place on the on 125th anniversary of the publication of Dracula. Picture date: Thursday May 26, 2022
Some of the “vampires” in attendance. (Nigel Roddis/PA)

“We are quite strict about the official costume that is allowed. This is a traditional fancy dress vampire costume.

“There are some amazing costumes around,” Jack Brookbank, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, told the PA news agency.

“It must include black shoes, black trousers or dress, waistcoat, shirt, black cape or collared overcoat and fangs on the top set of teeth.

“This one I definitely have been looking forward to.”

The “vampires” needed to stand together in the same place for five minutes to break the record, which they did by more than 300 people.

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