Economic climate puts Santa record on ice
Published 27/11/2010 | 05:00
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.