Hat’s the way for a record breaker

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Looks like Wardown Park Museum is on to a winner with its attempt to beat the record for the largest number of people wearing boater hats.

Only 250 volunteers are needed to make it into Guinness World Records – and more than 800 volunteers have already signed up for the challenge, with more expected on the day.

It’s all happening at Wardown Park on Saturday (August 16) between 11am and 3pm, with the actual record attempt taking place between 1.30pm and 1.35pm.

And it couldn’t be more appropriate time-wise – boater hats were the headgear of choice in summer 1914 at the outset of World War One, and it’s also 100 years since the start of production at Luton milliners.

Luton Culture spokeswoman Tahmina Saleem said: “People are invited to be a part of what promises to be a fun day out for families and visitors, building community pride and spirit as well as bringing attention to Luton’s heritage and cultural background.”

She added: “Luton has long been associated with the hat industry, most notably for its production of straw boaters.

“Its connection to hats is also evident in the name of the local football club, the Hatters, and The Hat Factory, which clearly comes from a previous incarnation. We even produced Pharrell Williams’ now famous mountain hat – which makes this the perfect place to break the record.”

> Register to take part at www.museummakers.co.uk