Monday 24 July 2017

Chesney leads 600 air guitarists

Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together
Chesney Hawkes led a bid on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together

Wannabe rock stars plucked imaginary strings as they made an attempt on the record for the number of people playing air guitar together, led by 90s one hit wonder Chesney Hawkes.

Nearly 600 people who had gathered in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square on Saturday energetically strummed along to his hit single The One And Only, which reached number one in the charts back in 1991 but has gone on to become a cult favourite among students.

Hundreds of other participants also joined in the record attempt at various other venues, but a live video link with Portsmouth football fans did not go ahead as the match against Birmingham City was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Fratton Park.

Organisers said they do not yet know if the world record of 1,436 air guitarists was beaten as they must await verification from Guinness World Records.

The record attempt was part of a series of events taking place over the weekend to raise £4 million to rebuild part of the city's New Theatre Royal, which was destroyed by fire in 1972.

Speaking afterwards, Hawkes said: "I've had a fantastic day and it was a very good turn-out. It's a wonderful cause and whatever happens, it's drawing attention to it."

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