Here come the brides - record broken in style!

Former Derry Mayor Gerard Diver pictured with a group of his cousins from the city who took part in Brides across the Bridge yesterday.

Former Derry Mayor Gerard Diver pictured with a group of his cousins from the city who took part in Brides across the Bridge yesterday.

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While official figures had not been released last night, it was suggested that a staggering 750+ ‘brides’ made their way across Derry’s Peace Bridge yesterday afternoon, smashing the Guinness world record for the number of people in wedding dresses gathered in one place.

All brides hope the sun will shine for their big day and yesterday afternoon that wish came true for the hundreds who took part and crossed the Peace Bridge in white gowns in aid of the Foyle Hospice.

SDLP Councillor Gerard Diver, who was one of those responsible for the headcount, said the event was a credit to everyone who took part.

“It was just a brilliant day, The weather was perfect and everyone got into the spirit of it. The whole thing was so well organised and everyone had a great time, including the onlookers. It really was an amazing effort for such a deserving local charity.”

The record breaking attempt saw grannies, mammies and even a few males in white dresses and headgea ready to do their bit for the local charity. The record attempt got a huge endorsement from comedian Billy Connolly during his visit to the city this week. Preparations have been in place for the last number of months for the memorable event which brought Derry’s city centre to a standstill.

As well as participants, hundreds of onlookers gathered in the Guildhall Square and along the quay to witness the spectacle.

All manner of dresses were on display from traditional to more modern sleek numbers and even some Indian saris and traditional chinese wedding dresses.

See page 29 for photos and don’t miss Tuesday’s Journal for further coverage.