In pictures: Where’s Wally? at Leeds Kirkstall Abbey

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Generations of children have gathered around Where’s Wally? picture books in excited efforts to find the famously elusive character in loopy locations.

But nobody could fail to spot the red and white stripes yesterday (June 10) as a suitably bizarre world record attempt for the most Wallys together at once took place at Leeds beauty spot Kirkstall Abbey.

Mums, dads, children, grandparents – and even the dogs – turned out for the event in the character’s trademark garb and thick, round specs.

Where’s Wally? Quite a few have been spotted at Kirkstall Abbey

Time-travelling globe-trotter Wally - or Waldo, as he is known in the USA - was the invention of Martin Handford.

The British children’s author and illustrator released the first Where’s Wally? book in 1987 and the main character, along with his dog Odlaw, have been familiar faces since.

PICS: Tony Johnson

PICS: Tony Johnson

His idea was later turned into a television series, which included freeze-frames so that viewers could try and spot Wally within a set time.