City looks set to ‘walk’ world record attempt

From canines to carers, brownies to belly dancers and hockey players to hospice workers – Liverpool is well on its way to breaking a world record in July.

The Very Big Catwalk, in association with, will take over the Pier Head on Saturday 4 July as Liverpool hosts Transatlantic 175 – a celebration of the city’s culture and links with America.

The event is attempting to smash the Guinness World Record for ‘most models on a catwalk’ – with Mexico City currently holding the title since November 2013 with 3,083 participants.

With less than two months to go, Liverpool is on course to break the record with more than 2,500 signed up to take part.

Just some of the confirmed participants are:

  • Two roller derby teams from the Liverpool Roller Birds and the Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby
  • Guides (aged 10-14), Brownies (aged 7-10), Rainbows (aged 5-7) and Seniors (aged 14-26)
  • Pawabella – a local business offering luxury clothing and accessories for dogs of all sizes
  • The Chinese Pagoda Centre
  • A hockey club from Formby
  • Japanese Subculture Fashion – a nod to Japanese street fashion
  • The City of Liverpool College which will see 300 students taking part
  • Singing Our Socks Off Choir
  • Empire Street Dance Company

But the team want even more groups to get involved such as rugby and American football teams, cheerleaders, body builders, gospel choirs, brass bands, bowling clubs, Morris dancers, dance troupes and jockey or pony clubs – all are welcome!

And it’s not just groups – hundreds of individuals have also signed up to take part in the categories:

  • Here Comes the Bride – Brides and bridesmaids will get a second chance to walk down the aisle
  • Black is the New Black – This is all about showcasing that Little Black Dress and tuxedo
  • Fitness Fanatics – Lycra, shorts, trainers – all are welcome in this category
  • Mirror Image – The audience will see double as twins take to the catwalk
  • Schools out for Summer – Prom comes to the Pier Head to add even more glamour to the occasion
  • Tats and Beards – Quite simply, tattoos and facial hair are required
  • Festival Folk – Dedicated to that laid-back festival vibe – but not a bit of mud in sight
  • Aintree Ladies Day – Expect fascinators, killer heels and dresses to impress
  • Vintage Best in Show – Representing the best of vintage glamour

The Transatlantic 175 weekend is curated by Creative Director Wayne Hemingway MBE, with the world record attempt organised by Culture Liverpool and hosted in partnership with Liverpool-based online retail giant

Renowned TV and live event fashion producer Jane Galpin from BBC’s Clothes Show and Channel 4 shows such as How to Look Good Naked will help coordinate the mammoth catwalk show and Lindsey Hunt will direct and choreograph the event.

Wayne Hemingway MBE, said: “When we announced the catwalk back in February we knew that the people of Liverpool, and indeed Merseyside, would rise to the challenge.

“When Jane and I started discussing the concept for the catwalk, I wanted it to be a celebration of Liverpool and its diverse communities. Regardless of age, sex or background – I want people to be proud to strut their stuff and let the world see what an amazing melting pot of cultures Liverpool is.

“Looking at all the different groups and individuals taking part is massively exciting and without a doubt the 4th July is going to be a spectacle not to be missed.

But we’re not quite there yet and need more people to sign up – so get your application in today and let’s make sure that Liverpool grabs that world record from Mexico City.”

Anyone interested in signing up to be part of this unique event should visit the Very Big Catwalk section at

Angel Thomas is the 12 year old brains behind Pawabella and will be holding an online doggie pageant to find 25 ‘pawsome’ pets to take the lead on the catwalk.

“As soon as I heard about the catwalk I wanted to get involved and am really pleased that for a few minutes it will become a dogwalk!

“Using my Facebook page, I’ll be looking for 25 dogs – large and small – to become models for the day. It’ll be a great experience and I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Local success story Cutthroatpete, which is now one of the leading barber’s in Liverpool, have taken on the beards and tats challenge and are going to recruit as many models as possible.  Owner Pete Cranfield said: “I am really pleased to be invited to help with such a massive production for our fantastic city and to work on an event being produced by Wayne Hemingway and Jane Galpin is really exciting.

“Cutthroatpete’s Barber Store has a strong connection with beards, tattoos and fashion so when the opportunity arose to be involved, I jumped at it. I am heading up the ‘Beards and Tats’ section of the Catwalk for which I will use my contacts, customers and social media to recruit a strong looking gang.

“I will be supplying some beard grooming prior to the event and giving special, limited edition, Cutthroatpete t-shirts to some participants of the ‘Beards and Tats’ group. I’m excited to help smash that World Record for most models on a catwalk!”

There will be more than 50 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Seniors taking to the catwalk.  Sarah Evans is the guider in charge of 445th Liverpool St brownies and guides. She said: “We’re doing it as it’s a chance to be part of an iconic event which is fun and at the same showcases Girlguiding.

“Girlguiding has strong links with community so it’s great to do this by all joining forces city-wide. Most importantly Girlguiding is all about giving girls fun and amazing experiences – I couldn’t think of a better way than them joining in with the very big catwalk and they’re determined to help break the record!”

Transatlantic 175 forms part of the seven week One Magnificent City programme of events – celebrating Liverpool’s internationally renowned maritime history and transatlantic links. It begins on Friday 15 May with the cultural celebration that is LightNight and runs until the 5th July.  Throughout the seven weeks various activities will be held which mark the 175th anniversary of Cunard.

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