Sunday 23 November 2014

Record bid fails but Charlie's still a darling

Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30

THE weather played spoilsport with efforts to break the world record but still over 100 'Charlies' lined out in memory of their favourite comic.

The figure to beat for the greatest number of people dressed as Charlie Chaplin in the one place was 250 and although Waterville's effort fell well short it was still a fun way to end a great festival weekend in Co Kerry.

Among the Charlies was former rugby international Des Fitzgerald and his wife, Andrea, parents of Leinster and Ireland player Luke, who lined out as Chaplin's iconic Tramp complete with bowler hats and moustaches.

The famous comic holidayed in the Co Kerry seaside town for many years with his family and two of his daughters sill have homes in the area.

For mother of two Laoise King, now living in Roscommon, returning home to Waterville with daughters Aoife and Mary Elizabeth is a must during the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, now in its fourth year.

One of the festival organisers, Nicky Hawkins, said this was their second attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

"The weather let us down unfortunately and I think the rain put a lot of people off.

"It was a pity as an awful lot of effort had gone into it but there's always next year," she said.

Rose of Tralee host Daithi O Se, fresh from a great week in the Dome, was master of ceremonies at this year's comic film awards at the Big Top.

Irish Independent

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