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York Dungeon start Halloween by breaking pumpkin smashing record
10:34am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
York Dungeon has made a smashing start to Halloween by unofficially breaking a pumpkin-themed world record, writes Michael Thurloway.
Characters known as the Witch (played by Georgie Farrell) and the Executioner (Richard Barker) destroyed 22 pumpkins in a minute to break the record deep inside the dungeon in Clifford Street.
The Witch, armed with a hammer, and the Executioner with his trademark axe, came up short of the existing record of 11 pumpkins in 60 seconds with their first attempt.
A change of tactic paid dividends, though, as the Executioner took on sole smashing duties and the Witch provided assistance by lining up the pumpkins.
Asked if he had had much practice for the attempt, the Executioner said: “I usually only use my axe on necks.” The Witch said: “The insides of pumpkins are very useful for spells.”
The official record, as ratified by Guinness, was set by Ben Shephard on ITV’s This Morning, in October 2010.
The event marked the launch of York Dungeon’s Halloween festivities. Manager Helen Douglas said: “Halloween is always a special time of year at the York Dungeon – it’s like our Christmas.”
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