Hundreds turn out for Courier paper hat world record attempt

Courier world record attempt for most people wearing paper hats at The Piece Hall, Halifax
Courier world record attempt for most people wearing paper hats at The Piece Hall, Halifax

THE Piece Hall was filled with paper headwear as hundreds of people came to take part in the Courier’s attempt to break a world record.

Around 500 wristbands were given out to people who came to join in the bid to smash the record for the most people wearing wearing paper hats simultaneously.

We are now waiting to hear from the Guiness Book of World Records to see if Halifax has earnt itself an entry.

Courier Editor Tim Robinson said: “It was fantastic to see so many people take part. Thank you to everyone who came along.”

Among those pulling on paper hats was Ansah Jamil, from Halifax, who said: “I think it’s great. It’s something good for the Piece Hall.”

Niall Berrett, from Siddal who plays for Halifax RL Under 23s, said: “It’s a good day out and it makes me proud to be from Halifax.”

Nicholl Marshall was taking part after travelling all the way from New Hampshire in Americal to visit his grandmother in Sowerby Bridge He said: “My family are from here and I wanetd to visit them for the Diamond Jubilee.

“My grandmother told me this was going on at the Piece Hall so I thought I’d come down.”

The world record attempt was the secodn in a week for Janet Cocking, from Sheffield, who also joined in with a WI bid for the most people knitting simultaneously at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

“I wanted to join in because it looked like a lot of fun,” she said.

Also donning paper hats were FC Halifax Town mascot Freddy Fox and Halifax RL mascot Halicat.

Entertainment throughout the bid was provided by the Phoenix Radio team and visitors could also enjoy a market selling a host of tasty and craft goodies.