Little princesses gather for world record attempt

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More than one hundred mini princesses gathered at County Hall Chichester this morning for a very sparkly world record attempt.

Many families attended the event in an aim to help beat the current record of 351 princesses in one place taking part in a sing-a-long.

The event was held in aid of Sussex Snowdrop Trust which helps to provide care at home for children with life-threatening illnesses.

The final princess count has not yet been officially revealed but it is likely to be around 135.

Certificates, colouring sets, jewellery, tiaras and a shaving kit were handed out to the best dressed on the frosty morning.

Some of the winners included Rapunzel, Princess Leia, and a dad called ‘Princess Purple’.

Chris Allwood, who organised the event, thanked all the attendees for taking part on a ‘very cold and crisp morning’.

“I think it’s important to support a charity which provides home care for children who are terminally ill or have life threatening illnesses after they’ve been to hospital. To donate to them at Christmas is really important.”

Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said it was a great way to start to the council’s ‘party in the car park’ weekend event.

She said: “We just wanted to make something happy at Christmas and we felt this car park was the place to do it.”

Stalls and entertainment were held in the car park throughout the day and they will be there again tomorrow.

Pick up an Observer paper for the full story and photos on Thursday.