Beach hut squash for Kate

HOW many people does it take to fill a beach hut?That was the question these people set out to find while enjoying the Bank Holiday sun in Felixstowe.

HOW many people does it take to fill a beach hut?

That was the question these people set out to find while enjoying the Bank Holiday sun in Felixstowe.

The idea to break the world record for the most people in a beach hut came about after Debbie McCallum, landlady of The Bell pub, in Main Road, Kesgrave, won use of the beach hut for the Easter weekend.

After hours of squeezing and pushing bodies into The Evening Star's beach hut it managed to accommodate 35 people.

Mrs McCallum said: “It was very hot inside because it was such a nice day and we felt like we were in a sauna.

“Luckily I was last in so I didn't have to stand the heat for long. Everyone was a good sport though and because we were only expecting to get in about 30 people we even had to grab some off the beach.”

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Mrs McCallum, who is also an organiser for the Kesgrave Music Festival, won the beach hut at a fundraising bowling event for The Star's Somebody's Daughter appeal.

She decided to run the event to raise the profile of the Somebody's Daughter appeal and for the Kesgrave Music Festival, on August 4, set up in memory of Kate Moyes.

The 29-year-old woman, from Hadleigh, died of cancer almost two years ago in August 2005 and all proceeds from the event go to the Ipswich Hospice.

When Mrs McCullum told some of her regulars that she had use of the hut over the Easter weekend they suggested she tried to break the world record for fitting the most amount of people inside - ever.

She said: “It seemed like a barmy suggestion but a great way to raise awareness of the appeal and to promote the music festival which will be running for the second year.

“We set about inviting people to come along on Easter Monday and about 20 came along to help out. The rest were just passers by.”

The event was logged and sent off to the Guinness World Records and Mrs McCallum hopes to hear back in a couple of weeks as to whether they succeeded.

Have you broken a world record? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail

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