Since its inception in 1955, Guinness World Records have recorded the weird and wonderful achievements of people across the globe. Over the years, they’ve built up thousands of records, which document the diverse and often bizarre activities that we as a species get up to!
The Time 400 People Dressed As Sherlock Holmes
Back in 2014, in the grounds of Temple Newsham the record for the most people dressed as the iconic British character Sherlock Holmes was broken when 443 people wore the signature outfit of Holmes. Including deerstalker hats, cloaks and a pipe.
It was in aid of Leeds Teaching Hospital, raising money for a new Yorkshire Brain Research Centre the person in the best costume received a signed script from the BBCs recent retelling of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.
When The World’s Biggest Gin Tasting Took Place Here
Hosted by Leeds Bar and Restaurant The Botanist, some 796 gin lovers attended the world’s largest gin tasting across 11 venues.
“We wanted to be ambitious and make it a real challenge nationwide, and the 11 sites which took part were all electric with excitement so it was a real party atmosphere,” said Project Manager, Katie Longbottom.
“While it was a tense few hours waiting for the official announcement, it was an amazing achievement and took a lot of dedication and attention to ensure we hit all the difficult requirements.”
The World’s Biggest Bridal Party
Alex and Amy Simmons wanted to mark their wedding by putting it in the record books! They went above and beyond and invited 130 bridesmaids and 103 ushers to witness their marriage. This broke two records, which were most ushers for one groom and the most bridesmaids to one bride.
When the Museum Spiced Up Our Lives
In 2011, Leeds City Museum secured its place in the record books when they featured an exhibition with the largest collection of Spice Girls memorabilia and merch… which included over 2,000 items.
They came from collector Liz Qwest and showed off a variety of spice girlitems including outfits, accessories, platinum discs and books to name a but a few. The exhibition was a resounding success with more than 50,000 people enjoying it.