7 February 2012
Last updated at 17:56
Hundreds of pupils and staff at Bolton School's Girls' Division in Greater Manchester dressed up as characters from Dickens' novels to celebrate the bicentenary of the author's birth - but also to attempt to set a new world record for the number of people dressed as fictional characters.
For the school's Dickens Day, the majority of pupils from the Senior School and Sixth Form turned up dressed as some of Charles Dickens' best-loved characters from Miss Havisham to a chimney sweep from Oliver Twist.
Staff also got into the spirit of the school's Dickens Day - Andrew Scialpi-Sullivan, catering manager in Bolton School Girls’ Division made a fine Mr Bumble.
Theresa Sowerby, Head of English, said: “This is a chance to promote Dickens as an author who still has plenty to say to us today. Corrupt bankers and the rich-poor divide didn’t become history with the Victorians. But most importantly, Dickens is a comic genius, a student of human nature and a fantastic story-teller.”
Throughout the day, the girls celebrated the life of Charles Dickens and many lessons were themed around his work. There were Dickens readings in assembly and the catering team served up gruel at lunch time.
Sixth former Ruth Brown, 17, dressed as Pip from Great Expectations: "It is important to celebrate Dickens as he is one of the most influential writers there has ever been."
The girls gathered in their Great Hall for their morning assembly where official witnesses and stewards counted the participants. The official count was 739 participants, beating the previous record of 644 people, held by Chelmsford County High School.
The idea to set a new world record came from year eight pupil Francesca Adams. “It was very exciting to see everyone dressed up. There were some fantastic costumes. I got the idea from the Guinness World Records book that I got at Christmas. I am thrilled that we have broken the record.”