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Charity 'breaks air guitar record'

Published 31/07/2011 | 16:31

Festival-goers at WOMAD attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people playing air guitar (Action on Hearing Loss/PA)
Festival-goers at WOMAD attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people playing air guitar (Action on Hearing Loss/PA)

A charity has claimed it has broken the world record for the largest number of people playing air guitar.

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Action on Hearing Loss said 2,227 people rocked to Jimi Hendrix's track Purple Haze at the WOMAD music, art and dance festival in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

To beat the record the crowd had to play for 90 seconds and do at least three air guitar moves within an enclosed area.

The attempt was made to raise awareness of the charity's campaign to encourage people to wear hearing protection at gigs and music festivals.

Emma Harrison, Action on Hearing Loss director of public engagement, said: "To quote the Queen song, 'We are the champions!'

"We've got to thank every person who got up early and showed off their imaginary strumming. Jimi Hendrix would have been proud of us.

"We always knew the WOMAD crowd would get behind us, as they've traditionally been great supporters of our campaign to get more people to wear earplugs when listening to loud music at live events."

The previous record was set at 1,883 people, and Guinness Book of World Records are examining the attempt before it becomes official.

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