Sunday, August 19, 2012

Most people dressed as witches: Pendle Witch Walk sets world record

World Records Academy

Lancashire, UK -- Four hundred and eighty-two people dressed as witches gathered on the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials in Lancashire, setting the new world record for the Most people dressed as withes in one place, according to the World Record Academy:
most people dressed as withces at Pendle Witch Walk
  Photo: The World Record for the biggest number of witches in one place was set in Lancashire. (enlarge photo)

  The Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as mobile phones involved 275 participants for an event organised by Open Mobile and Motorola (both Puerto Rico) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people dressed as superheroes; it was achieved by 1,580 participants in an event organised by Paramount Studios to promote the Dreamworks movie 'Megamind' starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey in Los Angeles, California, USA.
  More than 1,000 people joined the Pendle Witch Walk to raise money for the Pendleside Hospice, Burnley.

  Organiser Julian Jordan said the witch trials were a sombre part of the area's history but the walkers wanted to show off the best of Pendle including "our glorious countryside, our magnificent hill and our tumultuous history".

  The walkers made a five-mile circular trek including the summit of the hill.

  The two-day trials in 1612 led to 10 people being hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster, after being found guilty of causing death or harm by witchcraft.

  Commemorative activities include the launch of a sculpture trail in the woods near the village of Barley. There will also be guided tours at Lancaster Castle, where the accused were imprisoned.

   Councillor Paul White, who represents tourism in Pendle, said: 'The Big Witch Event is part of our Pendle Witch Festival which marks the 400th anniversary of the trial of the Pendle Witches.

  'We were happy to support the organisers of the Pendle Witch Walk and to complement their event with an outdoor concert at the end of what was a magical day.' 

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