Over 3,000 Brit university pupils to dress as Smurfs for world record attempt (Corrected)

May 28th, 2009 - 6:24 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 28 (ANI): More than 3,000 students from Swansea University in Wales, UK, will paint themselves blue, and don white gnome hats in a bid to set a new world record by staging the largest gathering of Smurfs.

And helping them do so is a company called Jokers’ Masquerade, which has supplied the students with over 3000 blue gnome costumes for the gathering, which takes place at the Oceana nightclub at 10pm on June 8.

The Guinness World Record is currently held by the town of Castleblayney in County Monaghan, Northern Ireland which last year recorded 1253 Smurfs gathered in the High Street.

“There have been five attempts in the last 18 months, and the record has risen from 300 to 1253 in that time” says Rebecca Oatley from Jokers’ Masquerade.

“When we were approached by Swansea University to help them break the record, and we agreed that if we are going to do it, we need to really set the standard. That’s why we have given the University 3000 costumes (Smurf and Smurfette) and we’re expecting at least 2,500 students to take part,” Rebecca said.

Hannah Lamden, of Swansea University’s Student Union, added: “It’s a Smurf war. Bath, Southampton, Chester and Portsmouth University have all tried but we’re going to make sure that no student is left un-blue.”

She further said: “We want our record to stay in the Guinness Book for years to come.”

Smurfs were created by Belgium cartoonist Peyo in a series of comic strips for the magazine Le Journal de Spirou.

The tiny creatures were then turned into an animated television series in the 1980s made by Hanna-Barbera. (ANI)

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