A world record was set for the largest gathering of “vampires” – after 1,369 Dracula fans scaled the ruins that helped inspire the Gothic novel.
The stakes were high as the undead braved the daylight to rally at Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire.
Attendees gathered yesterday to celebrate 125 years since the release of Dracula.
The fang-tastic effort broke the previous record of 1,039 vampires in one location, set over a decade ago in Kings Dominion in Virginia, USA.
Mark Williamson, English Heritage’s Site Manager for Whitby Abbey, said: “We are delighted to have broken the world record for the largest concentration of vampires.
“Everything we do at English Heritage aims to bring history to life and make it fun. So what better way to highlight this element of Whitby Abbey’s fascinating past?”
Would-be vampires had to wear black pants, skirt or dress, black shoes, vest, shirt, black collared cloak or cloak and have fangs on their upper teeth to qualify.
Visitors were treated to scenes from Dracula, performances by a Lock Gothic band, marshmallow toasting and fish and chips.
Mr. Williamson added: “Since it was first published 125 years ago, Dracula has had a phenomenal impact on culture and we get visitors from all over the world as a result.
“Just like Bram Stoker, they all fall in love with the incredible atmosphere, thousands of years of history and breathtaking ocean views.”
The novel Dracula, first published on May 26, 1897, is said to have been inspired by Stoker’s visit to the port city in 1890.
The ruins of the city’s 11th-century Gothic abbey and church, surrounded by cascading bats, provided the perfect atmospheric locations.
The names of several of the Earl’s victims were taken from tombstones found in the church, and Stoker came up with the name “Dracula” when reading a book in Whitby’s public library.
There was mention of a 15th-century prince named Vlad Tepes, who impaled his enemies on wooden stakes and was known as Dracula – the “son of the dragon” or “devil”.
Hundreds of Dracula fans from around the world flock to Whitby each year to take part in the Goth weekend, which has been held since 1994.
The house where Bram Stoker lived and where much of the book was researched still stands and a plaque commemorates his time there.
A record attempt outside a church in Dublin in 2019 and an attempt in West Sussex in 2013 failed.
Hundreds of goth fanatics visit Whitby each year and are reported to be asking where the famous vampire’s grave is, forgetting that Dracula is fictional.
Staff at St. Mary’s Church last year posted a note on their door urging tourists not to ask.
Celebrations of Dracula’s 125th birthday were held across the country.
In Aberdeenshire, Scotland, international fans gathered at Cruden Bay to celebrate the Fanged character.
Bram Stoker was also inspired by nearby 16th-century Slains Castle.
The writer regularly visited the village in the northeast for 17 years.
His great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, told the Press and Journal that he was “dedicated to promoting Cruden Bay as a place for literary enthusiasts.”
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