Whitby Abbey

Vampires needed for world record attempt in Whitby

Whitby Abbey is attempting to break the world record for the largest gathering of vampires in one place at the same time.
The record attempt will take place on Thursday, May 26, on what will be the 125th anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula, set in part in Whitby and inspired by a visit the author paid to the town in the Victorian era.
April 20 is also the 110th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death, prompting Abbey staff to choose this day to issue their appeal for people dressed as vampires to gather. The record attempt will kick off a series of special events run by English heritage to mark the publication of the novel and its links to Whitby.
Visitors are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of entertainment on the day of the record attempt. They are being asked to dressed as vampires as defined by Guinness World Records as black trousers, black skirt or a dress, black shoes, waistcoat, shirt, black cape or collared overcoat plus fangs on the top set of teeth.
The current record saw 1,039 vampires gather at Doswell in Virginia, USA in 2011 and organisers are hoping to beat that.