Gravesham residents take elf world record as council's Christmas celebrations continue
PUBLISHED: 11:55 25 November 2013
It was elf and safety gone mad on Friday, as Gravesham Council claimed a festive world record.
Almost 1,000 residents turned out, complete with pointy ears, to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Santa’s elves in one place.
The council believe the 948 people gathered in Community Square beats the record, previously held by Ammanford, Carmarthenshire - who managed to assemble 762 elves last year.
Part of Gravesend’s Twelve Days of Christmas festival, Elf Help Day represented the Three French Hens of the traditional carol.
The hens originally represented faith, hope and charity - with Friday’s event tied in with all of the town’s charity shops. Each will receive a donation from the council.
Celebrity baker Jo Wheatley took part in the following day’s festive antics, as Four Colly Birds took the form of The Big Christmas Cake Bake behind the St George’s Shopping Centre.
The challenge was to bake 12 cupcakes with a Christmas theme, which were then sold in aid of charity. Winners received a signed copy of Jo’s new book.
To represent Five Gold Rings, the mayor’s annual carol concert will take place at The Woodville tomorrow (Friday), from 6.30pm. For more information, visit woodville.co.uk, or christmasingravesend.co.uk.