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Costumed fans in world record bid

Jane Austen Festival
Participants must stand together for 10 minutes to achieve the world record

Hundreds of fans of the author Jane Austen will attempt to set a new world record when they walk through the city of Bath.

The Grand Regency Promenade is part of the annual Jane Austen Festival held in the city over the weekend.

The world record attempt is for the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costume.

Walkers make their way from the Roman Baths through the Georgian streets to gather at The Assembly Rooms.

After registering, all participants will have to remain together for 10 minutes in order to successfully achieve the record.

A town crier, naval personnel and musicians will take part in the promenade, along with re-enactment groups and societies such as the 32nd Cornwall Regiment and a group of hobby horse-riding enthusiasts called The Dandy Chargers.

Kelly Walpole and Ian Charlesworth from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, will accompany the promenade before getting married at 1600 BST in a Regency wedding at Bath's Guildhall.

They have invited costumed festival-goers to help celebrate the big day.

After exchanging vows, the couple will stand in front of the Royal Crescent to hear a volley of shots fired by the Cornwall Regiment.



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