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Luton hat wearers break Guinness world record

Car Hire Luton Airport have been considering how bizarre a record breaker this latest one is, which took place in the region recently.

Luton is a town famous for hat-making, now a new Guinness world record has been recorded with the largest gathering of people wearing straw hats. Organised by Luton’s Wardown Park Museum a group of 797 people gathered, beating the previous record by 547 people.

It is 100 years since boater hats were first produced in Luton by milliners. The event had been under threat after an order of 2,000 straw boaters was delayed on a boat from China, causing organisers to spend £1,000 on emergency “back-up” boaters.

The record attempt, in which participants were required to keep their hats on their heads, had some breathtaking moments, said organisers, as some hats fell off toddlers’ heads, or were accidentally knocked off.

Luton’s Wardown Park Museum is home to a collection of more than 1,000 hats. Luton and the surrounding area was once the centre of the straw hat trade in England, producing a large share of all the women’s hats manufactured and worn in the country. The town’s football team are nicknamed The Hatters.