Watch: Sherlock Holmes and the Leeds mystery of the world record attempt

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How many Sherlocks does it take to break a record?

Well, today hundreds of deerstalkered detectives descended on Temple Newsam to see if the challenge was as elementary as it sounded.

The world's biggest gathering of Sherlock Holmes at Temple Newsam

The world's biggest gathering of Sherlock Holmes at Temple Newsam

More than 250 people were required to be dressed as Sherlock Holmes in the bid to break the Guinness World Record.

And according to the head count, the record was smashed as more than 400 people stepped out dressed as Conan Doyle’s famous hero.

The mysterious meeting was held to raise money for the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre at St James’ Hospital. And it was given a super-star super-sleuth twist with a message of support from the writer of the BBC hit series Sherlock and Dr Who, Steven Moffat, and his wife, producer Sue Vertue.

Steven and Sue’s video message, which was played to the crowd of Sherlocks and which can be viewed at, said: “We are very proud that Sherlock is helping raise awareness and funds for Yorkshire Brain Research.”

The pair also donated a signed copy of the script of The Empty Hearse for the ‘best dressed Sherlock’ of the day.

Every participant received a deerstalker hat, pipe and magnifying glass on the day of the event for an entry fee of £15.

The event, hosted by actor and comedian Neil Grainger, also included a big stage featuring comedy, music, dance, circus and theatre and a fun fair.

Clair Challenor-Chadwick, appeal director of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, said: “Sherlock was the perfect fit for brain research as the brainiest detective of all time was born in Yorkshire. He helped us raise awareness of this much under-funded area to help patients with dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and MS.”

The new research centre will help deal with life-limiting brain conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and dementia. The centre will conduct research for patient benefit and will help scientists find new treatments and drug therapies.

By 2030 there will be a 20 per cent increase in Parkinson’s alone, while numbers of dementia patients are expected to soar by 80 per cent.

Supporters and Sherlock fans are being asked to TEXT BRAIN to 88811 to donate £5 and to nominate a friend to take part in the #sherlockselfie craze sweeping the globe.

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For more pictures see tomorrow’s Yorkshire Evening Post.

Effort takes to Twitter

The Sherlock record attempt has galvanised world-wide support with donations from Chile, France, USA, Canada, Japan and Mexico. Sherlocks have been popping up from around the world on social media, with Sherlock fans posting #sherlockselfie pics to help raise awareness of brain research and the world record attempt. Pictures have been posted from the Great Wall of China, from Australian beaches, and outside 221B Baker Street itself.

On the day participants took to Twitter to share pictures from the party.

Donna Kelly said: “Arrived at @sherlockrecord. Bizarre but brilliant. Let’s raise lots of money.”

Becky Dudek said: “At the Sherlock world record #Sherlockselfie text Brain to 88811 donate £5.”