Farsley Festival’s world record bid is not to be sneezed at

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HUNDREDS of people answered the call to get knotted and help create a new world record at this afternoon’s seaside-themed Farsley Festival.

A total of 838 people were counted wearing knotted hankies on Town Street at 1pm at the start of the popular annual festival.

Farsley Gala mon 25th may 2015' Minnie the Jack Russell joins in 'World record hanky event

Farsley Gala mon 25th may 2015' Minnie the Jack Russell joins in 'World record hanky event

Festival organisers will submit the result to Guinness World Records for the largest number of people in one place wearing knotted hankies on their heads.

More than 6,000 people are estimated to have visited the festival today as Town Street was transformed into a promenade, complete with a beach and Punch and Judy shows.

A team of eight volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the year to make the self-funded 2015 Farsley Festival a major success.

Festival director Howard Bradley was impressed with the number of people who wore knotted hankies to the festival.

Farsley Gala mon 25th may 2015'Farsley residents Debi Boyes, Donna Barker, Nicole Haywood, Debbie Rhodes'World record hanky event

Farsley Gala mon 25th may 2015'Farsley residents Debi Boyes, Donna Barker, Nicole Haywood, Debbie Rhodes'World record hanky event

He said: “It has been an amazing response. We are delighted and could not have guessed so many people would turn up.”

St James’ Hospital nurse Adele Bowden, 38, was at the festival with her daughters Sally, five and Katie, eight.

She said: “It’s fantastic the way the community gets together.

“ A lot of effort and hard work has gone into organising it.

“We are really thankful for the fantastic community we have in Farsley. It’s a brilliant place to live and bring kids up.”

Claire Cridland, 36, said: “The festival is fantastic and really community minded, I love it. It is so rare to see something like this.”

Her mother Susan Cridland, 65, said: “It is marvellous that people have gone to such effort to put this together. The community spirit is fantastic and still exists in Farsley.”

Volunteers printed and sold Farsley Festival hankies and T shirts to help fund next year’s festival.

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