Newry smashes world record for snowmen gathering
Snowmen, snowwomen, snowchildren and even snowbabies gathered in their hundreds at Newry's Buttercrane Shopping Centre last night as the city mounted a bid for a Guinness World record for the largest gathering of people dressed as snowmen.
And they smashed the record in style. Almost 400 people braved the winter weather - with the final snowfolk total of 398 easily beating the previous world record of 333. Organiser Catherine McGinn said: "It went brilliantly."
The organisers now have to complete the paperwork and send in their verification materials to Guinness World Records for official confirmation that Newry is now the snowman capital of the world.
Speaking as hundred of excited snowpeople thronged the Buttercrane for the Santa Parade that followed the world record bid, shopping centre manager Peter Murray told the Belfast Telegraph: "We're absolutely delighted to break the World Record for world's largest gathering of people dressed as snowmen with a figure of 398.
"The atmosphere was electric and it was wonderful that so many people came out and supported the event.
"It is fantastic to have a world record for Newry.
"It was a true spectacle and a great way to start Christmas celebrations in the city - and for us here at Buttercrane Shopping Centre."