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Mayor hails festive hordes as Christmas jumper event raises thousands for charity

19 December 2016

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, has paid tribute to the thousands of people who donned their festive finery in Derry city centre on Sunday in a bid to break the world Christmas jumper record.

Event organisers are currently working with representatives from the Guinness Book of Records to collate the data and determine if they have broken the record of 3,743 people wearing Christmas jumpers in the same place, currently held by the city of Kansas in the USA.

An official announcement is expected later this week but what is certain is that thousands of pounds have been raised for the Mayor’s chosen charities, Tearfund and Action Cancer NI, as well as a number of local charities, The Foyle Hospice, Concern, Muscular Dystrophy UK #TeamEvan and Children in Crossfire.

The Mayor helped lead the hordes of people in Christmas jumpers and headgear as they were counted through Magazine Gate and she praised everyone involved in making it another day to remember for the city and district.

“The record attempt clearly captured the public’s imagination and it was a brilliant sight to see the throngs of people make their way through the walls and into Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place,” she said.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in making the event such a success and, in particular, the Inner City Trust who provided the use of their building at Shipquay Street for registration.

“Regardless of the result, which will be revealed later this week, it was an event that really helped get people into the Christmas spirit and the musical accompaniment helped add to the festive atmosphere.

“I’d like to thank everyone who gave up their time at this busy time of the year to support the event and their contribution will help make a real difference to all the benefitting charities.”