Pen­guin peo­ple power

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

More than 500 peo­ple dressed as pen­guins de­scended on Pen­guin Is­land on Satur­day with the aim of smash­ing a Guin­ness World Record.

The event was or­gan­ised by the City of Rock­ing­ham and Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters and par­tic­i­pants be­lieve they broke the pre­vi­ous record of 373 in com­fort­able style by amass­ing 506 peo­ple dressed as pen­guins.

Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters mar­ket­ing man­ager Holly Tate said the event was a huge suc­cess and took place with­out a hitch.

“We had ev­ery­body on the ferry and over to the is­land by 8.30am and the count was recorded with Go-Pro footage shortly af­ter,” she said.

“We have sent the ev­i­dence off to Guin­ness World Records and now wait for their of­fi­cial ap­proval.” Par­tic­i­pants pur­chased tick­ets, which in­cluded ferry trans­fer and a sou­venir pen­guin suit for the oc­ca­sion.

The event was fur­ther cel­e­brated when all were back on the main­land with a bar­be­cue and live mu­sic at Lions Park.

Photos of the ac­tion have been shared across var­i­ous so­cial media plat­forms with the hash­tag #pen­guin out burst.

Pic­ture: Kings­ley Klau/Pho­toCof­fee

A to­tal of 506 peo­ple rang­ing from young chil­dren to se­niors caught the ferry over to Pen­guin Is­land on Satur­day for the Guin­ness World Record at­tempt.

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