Chesney Hawkes leads air guitar record attempt to raise cash for theatre

Chesney Hawkes sings his hit "The One and Only"  in Guildhall square as hundreds of people air guitar trying to beat a world record in 2010.  Picture: Paul Jacobs  (100137-27)
Chesney Hawkes sings his hit "The One and Only" in Guildhall square as hundreds of people air guitar trying to beat a world record in 2010. Picture: Paul Jacobs (100137-27)

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PICK up your air guitar – there’s a one and only chance to break a world record this weekend.

On Saturday, Fratton Park will play host to a world-record breaking attempt to have the highest number of people playing the air guitar at once.

As reported, 90s pop idol Chesney Hawkes – famous for hit song The One and Only – will lead the attempt this weekend.

The event is one of two record attempts taking place for the New Theatre Royal, in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth.

It is hoped 2,500 people will help pack out the Fratton end to smash the record.

It was attempted previously in Portsmouth.

However the record wasn’t broken on that occasion because bad weather deterred some people from turning up.

Adam Carroll-Smith, marketing manager for the New Theatre Royal, said: ‘We are very excited about the weekend, and hope we get the support from people to come along. It’s free to enter and starts at 11am.’

All funds raised from the events will go towards the £4.5m project, to revamp the theatre.

Sport Relief and Portsmouth Football Club will also receive a share of the money raised from the world-record bid.

And the theatre is also looking to break another world record.

A gig has been organised a gig in which 64 comedians have agreed to do stand-up for more than 80 hours to help raise funds.

It starts at 1pm on Saturday, and will end on Tuesday between 11pm and midnight.

The event will take place in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park and will cost £5 a ticket for a three-hour slot.

At any time there must be at least 10 people watching the show if the record is to be broken – something the theatre hopes will achieve.

Adam added: ‘Anybody that can come and support the late night/early morning hours, would be a great help.

‘So anyone who works shifts, maybe they can pop in after work for a few hours to support the cause.

‘We wanted to do something a little different, which is what the theatre is all about.

‘It would be great to break both of them, but 82 hours of comedy is a long time to get through.

‘But we have an excellent line-up, and a lot will be using this as a warm-up for their Edinburgh shows.’

The theatre has organised the events to raise money for the remaining work that needs to be completed on its interior.

Around £350,000 still needs to be raised for the revamp project.

Ticket details and more information can be found at newtheatreroyal.com.