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999 unicorns line up for World Record Bid

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
999 unicorns line up for World Record Bid

999 problems but a unicorn aint one -the sun shone down on a field full of unicorns at Knockengorroch World Ceilidh last weekend.

For this, its twentieth year, welcomed Scotland’s national animal in bulk in a bid to set a world record.
The festival hopes to have made history by breaking a Guinness World Record and not just beating it – smashing it, with over four times the previous record number.
The record is for the largest gathering of people wearing unicorn horns, and the festival saw that number soaring to 999 people of all ages, from tiny baby unicorns right up to the over 70s.
Festival organisers will now send the evidence off to the Guinness Book of World Records to be verified.
Festival organiser and landowner Liz Holmes said: “We wanted to do something exciting, fun and different to celebrate our 20th year.
“The unicorn is an ancient and fascinating mythical creature, depicted and worshipped in many countries across the world. Its a truly multi-cultural symbol for us to celebrate, reflecting our international taste in music.”
A representative from Guinness World Records said: “Guinness World Records looks forward to receiving evidence from the event, and wishes the organisers and those who took part the very best of luck with their application.’
The line-up this year included Jamaican reggae icon Max Romeo, Scottish traditional award winning band RURA, daughter of the world famous Buena Vista Social club’s director, from Cuba; La Dame Blanche, multi-media sounds from Indonesian/Brooklyn duo Filastine, Molotov Jukebox, playing gypsy-ska-funk-flamenco, fronted by Natalie Tena of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter fame and many more artists.
As well as music across six venues and the unicorns theatre, comedy, stand up, dance, workshops, children’s area, talks, real ales, stalls, camping, a sauna and more were all on offer.
And delighted by this year’s sunny Knockengorroch offering, festival organiser Katch Holmes added: “We are overjoyed with how the festival went. The excellent bands, artists, crew and workshops provided an incredible cultural, environmental and social occasion not to mention our wonderful audiences who we believe must be the friendliest in the country.
“We hope to see everyone back again in our beautiful river valley soon.”


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