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

Whitby Abbey celebrated the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula by breaking the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires.

On Thursday night, 1,369 people attended the North Yorkshire event dressed up as the ghoulish character. This broke the record of 1,039 that was set in Virginia in 2011.

“We’ve just broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Vampires with 1369 vampires!”Twitter: English Heritage

“We’d like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has come along to Whitby Abbey to help make this happen – you all looked fang-tastic!”

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.

(Nigel Roddis/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Nigel Roddis

The 13th-century gothic abbey was the ideal location for the record attempt. This event kicked off a year’s worth of events at the landmark.

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

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(Nigel Roddis/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Nigel Roddis

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

“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” They had to stay together for five minutes in order to break the record. The record was broken by more 300 people.

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