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BRIDGEND is better than the Big Apple - it's elf-ficial.

It may not have the Empire State Building, Broadway or Madison Square Gardens, but when it comes to gathering as many Christmas elves in one place as possible, Bridgend beats New York hands down.

Nearly 800 gathered in the town centre yesterday, smashing the previous world record for an elf get-together by a massive 184 elves, taking the crown from New York.

After the triumphant count, Bridgend councillor David Unwin said: "It is not often Bridgend gets one up on somewhere like New York.

"Everybody from the area has come out for this event and whether it's grandmothers and fathers or babies, everyone is dressed up.

"Our Mayor is going to get in touch with the Mayor of New York and lay down the challenge to him to take Bridgend on again next year."

A 100-metre section of Adare Street was cordoned off for the gathering.

Nearly 800 red and green hats were handed out to the festive revellers and the centre of Bridgend was transformed into a see of red tabards, green tights and pointy ears.

The official count took place just before 2pm and the crowd went wild at the news they had broken the world record.

Millie Lewis, six, a pupil at Tonyrefail Welsh School, came to the event fresh from playing the role of lead elf in her school Christmas play. Decked out in full elf regalia, she said: "I love being an elf and today has been so amazing."

Her father, Chris Lewis, said: "Normally in Wales there are far too many Santas and not enough elves, so today has put that right."


People of all ages dressed as Christmas elves in Bridgend yesterday and broke a world record
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Dec 12, 2010
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