World's biggest 'hide-and-seek' bid starts at Milton Country Park

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Image caption The record-breaking attempt at Milton Country Park near Cambridge has been organised by Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue

More than 1,000 people have turned out at a country park in a bid to break the world record for the the biggest ever game of hide-and-seek.

The current Guinness record for a hide-and-seek game involved 1,437 people.

The record-breaking attempt at Milton Country Park near Cambridge was organised by Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR).

It is understood the total turnout, while "close", was just short of the world record-breaking target.

The exact number has yet to be confirmed.

'Great time'

The search group hosted a hide and seek competition in 2014 which attracted 400 people and another last year which drew in 1,100.

A spokesman for CamSAR said: "If all (those) who had pre-registered had come then we would have just beaten the record.

"Still, probably more importantly, those who spoke to me said they were having a great time at least."

CamSAR is expected to consider another record-attempt next year.

The current record was set on 1 January 2014 in Chengdu, China.

Count to 20

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  • According to the Encyclopaedia Brittannica, hide-and-seek appears to be equivalent to the game apodidraskinda, described by the 2nd-century Greek writer Julius Pollux
  • Versions of the game exist across the globe. In Spain the game is called el escondite, in Israel machboim and in South Korea sumbaggoggil
  • Key elements in all the versions of the game are the closing of eyes, hiding and an agreed period of counting

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