Dec 112014

Copyright: Newsline ScotlandWith thanks to Beverly Tricker.

An attempt was made by hundreds of Aberdonians today (Saturday, 6 December), to set a new world record for the longest Christmas cracker pulling chain. The attempt fell short of the current record (749) with 355 shoppers forming a human cracker chain.

The VisitAberdeen-organised event formed part of a drive to promote the city for festive breaks, and attracted large crowds to try and secure their place in the record books.

Steve Harris (pictured), Chief Executive of VisitAberdeen, says,

“We know there have been a number of different attempts around the country to try beat to the record. We were aware it was going to be quite a feat to try and pull off a new record, but it was a gallant effort from everyone who took part and although we didn’t set a new record everyone has really got into the spirit of things, and it’s been brilliant to see whole families take part in the event and have a great time. It’s been a great community event.

“Aberdeen has a lot to offer at Christmas, with the Winter Festival already well under way. From Christmas markets on Belmont Street every weekend in December to an outdoor ice rink in Union Terrace Gardens, the city is full of Christmas cheer and we are delighted to be able to spread some of that festive magic.

“With festive celebrations running right through to January, excellent Christmas shopping opportunities, and first class accommodation, restaurants and pubs, we’re encouraging more people to consider the city for a winter break.”

Further information on the world record attempt can be found on social media at and on

For more information on Aberdeen’s festive events, please visit

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