Thursday 27 July 2017

Economic climate puts Santa record on ice

AN attempt to smash the world record for the number of Santas gathered in one place has been abandoned because of a lack of applicants, writes David Forsythe.

The 2010 Santa Challenge was due to take place tomorrow in Cork city but according to organisers only a few hundred people had signed up to take part.

The challenge was set to benefit cross-border charity Co-operation Ireland, with entrants paying a €10 registration fee to take part.

Co-operation Ireland development officer Margaret Lucey was project manager for the event and believes that the current economic climate had a lot to do with the small number of registrations.

"Numbers were very low, only in the hundreds in fact and I think it has a lot to do with the timing. I think with the week that's in it and everything that's been going on people had other things on their minds," she said.

"It's a shame because it could have given Cork a real lift and put a few smiles on people's faces."

The current world record is held by the city of Derry with 12,937 Santas gathered in the city.

Irish Independent

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