Whitby Abbey '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.

By Andrew Hutchinson
Friday, 27th May 2022, 7:55 am

A total of 1,369 people attended the event in North Yorkshire on Thursday evening (May 27) dressed as the ghoulish character, breaking the record of 1,039 set in Doswell, Virginia, in 2011.

"We've just broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Vampires with 1369 vampires!" tweeted 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!"

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People dressed as Vampires at Whitby Abbey 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. PIC: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

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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.

The 13th century gothic abbey was then a suitable location for the record attempt, which kicked off a year of events at the landmark.

"There are some amazing costumes around," Jack Brookbank, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, told the PA news agency.

People dressed as Vampires at Whitby Abbey 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. PIC: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

"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" needed to stand together in the same place for five minutes to break the record, which they did by more than 300 people.

A person dressed as Vampires at Whitby Abbey as they attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most amount of vampires in one place on the 125th anniversary of the publication of Dracula. PIC: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire