Thousands of guitar heroes secure UK record at Lyme Regis beach
The biggest-ever band in the country has rocked into the record books by playing a Buddy Holly classic on a Dorset beach.
A total of 2,267 guitarists marked the legendary singer-songwriter’s 77th birthday on Saturday by performing Rave On in Lyme Regis, Dorset, to break the largest band record in Britain and America.
A crowd of around 7,000 filled the beach to watch.
Geoff Baker, who was Sir Paul McCartney’s PR chief for 15 years and dreamt up the event, said: “It was a magnificent effort by everybody.”
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Baker was inspired to stage the event after hearing there was no record in the UK.
Mr Baker described the event as a “huge coup” for Lyme Regis, and added it could become an annual event.
The world record was set in 2009 in Wroclaw, Poland, where 6,346 guitarists played Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe.
The house band was fronted by original West End ‘Buddy’ musical star Billy Geraghty.
A message of support was sent by Buddy Holly’s widow Maria, in which she described the attempt as “a fantastic and unusual event”.