Christmas fairies are set to flutter their way into Bury St Edmunds this December to attempt to break a World record and raise money for charity at the same time.
The town centre improvement organisation Bid4Bury is inviting everyone who comes into the town for late night shopping on Thursday 13th December to take part in the record-breaking challenge by dressing as a fairy. The event will support the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Chief Executive of Bid4Bury Mark Cordell said: “The top of the Christmas tree may be the traditional place to see a fairy in December but our aim is to have several hundred of them in Bury St Edmunds town centre too.
“Bid4Bury has been providing fun activities and entertainment at the town’s late night Christmas shopping evenings since last year but we are always looking for something different and to break a World record would be fantastic.”
Participants in the record-breaking attempt may be any age and men, women and children will all be welcome. To take part they must wear fairy wings, a tutu and tights or bare legs. There is no charge to take part but bucket collections will be made during the evening to support the charity. It’s hoped that local businesses will also help put the fun into fundraising on the night by doing their own fairy or pink-themed activities.
Laura Hudson, who chairs the West Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer group, said: “I think this is a wonderful idea from Bid4Bury and it will really bring some Christmas magic to the town.
“Breakthrough Breast Cancer would love to see many of the fairies wearing something pink on the day too, to highlight their support for our lifesaving work. I’d also like to thank Dave Cobden from Dance Crazy in St Johns Street who is supporting the event by making a donation for every fairy costume sold.”
The World record attempt will take place at 5.45pm when all the fairies will gather in Charter Square before a procession through the arc to the town centre during which they will be counted to verify the record.
Many shops in the town will be open until 8pm and car parking will be free from 4pm.
The Word record attempt is one of a series of pre-Christmas shopping events organised by Bid4Bury in the six weeks before the festive season. The town’s festivities are launched on Thursday 15th November with the switching on of the Christmas Lights at 7pm. There will be attractions throughout the afternoon including a charity market, children’s entertainment and real penguins, donkeys and reindeer as part of the build up to the switch on. The organisation is also supporting two other late night shopping evenings in the town centre on 6th and 20th December.