Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton theatre holds princesses record attempt

Lots of princesses Image copyright Mayflower Theatre
Image caption A total of 537 people came to the Mayflower Theatre dressed as princesses in the hope of breaking the record

More than 500 princesses packed a Southampton theatre in a bid to break a Guinness World Record.

Men, woman and children were invited to the Mayflower Theatre in the hope of beating the previous record of 351 held by the Festival Leisure Park in Essex.

And during Saturday morning a total of 537 people came dressed as traditional princesses wearing long, flowing gowns.

Joe Pasquale, star of this year's pantomime Aladdin, announced on stage the theatre had broken the record.

Image copyright Mayflower Theatre
Image caption Joe Pasquale, star of this year's pantomime Aladdin, announced on stage the theatre had broken the record

During the event entertainment was provided by Mayflower Theatre's Musical Youth Theatre.

Mayflower chief executive Michael Ockwell said he was "absolutely delighted" that so many people turned up.

He said: "We are incredibly proud of everyone that attended and would like to thank each and every record breaker who took part."

Tickets for the event were £5 per person and all money raised will be split between Mayflower Engage and the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

The record will now be verified by Guinness World Records.

Image copyright Mayflower Theatre
Image caption During the event entertainment was provided by Mayflower Theatre's Musical Youth Theatre

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