Dozens turn out for record.
Teesside supporters of The Lifeline Project joined others worldwide to hopefully set a Guinness World Record for the most number of people covering their eyes, ears or mouths to reflect the ancient proverb "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".
They gathered near Middlesbrough's Bottle of Notes at noon on Saturday to attempt the record. And while they needed a minimum of 25 people to submit their numbers to Guinness, almost double that number came along, in the form of workers, people who had undergone treatment for the condition and other members of the public.
Andrea Fox, Lifeline team leader explained: "The World Hepatitis Alliance does a campaign every year for World Hepatitis Day.
"See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil symbolises that governments globally don't really recognise the problem - it's a hidden issue.
"One in 12 people in the world have hepatitis and many don't even know it.
"We hope that with this record attempt we'll be able to raise awareness."
Lifeline submitted their information to Guinness on Saturday and are hoping to hear shortly whether they have made it into the record books.
RAISING AWARENESS: Lifeline team leader Andrea Fox, right, and two cakes to celebrate the record bid RECORD BID: From left, Oliver Ashworth, Ross Kelly and Paul Newton at the hepatitis event in Centre Square Pictures by IAN McINTYRE