A few fairies too few...Tuesday, June 24, 2014
My day started very early - 5am! My plan had been to get up at 6 but I was too excited and feeling more than a little nervous. I had the intention of doing a photo and hour type post of the day but I got carried away a forgot! It just goes to show what a great time I had.
The first port of call was Radio Suffolk with some of my fellow event organisers. I didn't do very well. When the DJ, Rob Dunger, asked me why people should come along to the event and the first words out of my mouth were "Oh, I don't know really...' Brilliant Hazel, just brilliant! (listen here at 1:54:00).
Then it was time to set up stalls, put up banners and blow up balloons outside the Town Hall (all in my wings and new IC heels!). Once we'd set up in the town centre I hot footed it over to the park, a little apprehensive that no one would be there. This is the sight that greeted me. Literally hundreds of fairies. The relief!
Photo by Gavin King
The march was excellent fun and was quite a sight to behold, it was colourful and loud - a real spectacle.
Photo by Gavin King
This is me taking a short movie (and concentrating very hard by the look on my face!) I'll try to upload it but I don't hold out much hope!
We were entertained as the fairies filed into the counting area, one by one. We had a roaming magician, stilt walkers, bubbles (lots of bubbles), a balloon modeller, face painters, a glitter tattooist and food stalls. And of course there was music and dancing. And lots and lots of wand waving.
At first I was really disappointed that we hadn't broken the world record but having seen so many people have such a great time, it didn't seem to matter after a while. It was a success even if it wasn't a new world record. Interestingly a group in Cornwall made an attempt on the same day - and missed it by 100 fairies - which just goes to show that it's not an easy task.
People are already talking about doing it again next year, but I think we're done. Twice is enough. Someone else can organise it next year and I'll be hanging onto my tutu just in case...