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Music event claims world record

Two people playing air guitar (picture taken by Darrell Woodford)
Triple Slash and Farmer John led the world record attempt

A music festival in Surrey is claiming to have set a new world record for the biggest ever "air guitar ensemble".

More than 4,000 people by the main stage at Guilfest 2005, in Guildford, played air guitar to Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns n' Roses on Sunday.

Festival organisers said they were waiting for confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records.

The previous unofficial record was set in Finland by 3,500 people, but it was not witnessed by accredited officials.

The crowd were led in their rendition of Sweet Child O' Mine by former UK air guitar champions, Farmer John and Triple Slash.

Air guitarists at the Guilfest (picture taken by Darrell Woodford)
The record attempt came before Status Quo's headline set

Ben Welch from Triple Slash, who goes by the stage name of Slash 2, joked: "The crowd were sexy and we feel this record attempt was a landmark for western civilisation."

Guilfest organiser Tony Scott said: "We are thrilled to have broken the world record.

"This has always been a special festival... and obviously this year we have struck a new chord."

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