PICTURES: Guitars on beach 'rave on' to biggest band record
The biggest ever band in the country has rocked into the record books by playing a Buddy Holly classic altogether at the same time.
A total of 2,267 guitarists marked the legendary singer songwriter's 77th birthday on Saturday by performing 'Rave On' in Lyme Regis, Dorset to break the largest band record in Britain and America.
A crowd of around 7,000 people braved heavy showers as they packed onto the beach for the performance.
Geoff Baker, who was Sir Paul McCartney's PR chief for 15 years and dreamt-up the event, said: "It was a magnificent effort by everybody."
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He was inspired to stage the event after discovering there was no existing record in the United Kingdom.
Mr Baker described the event as a "huge coup" for Lyme Regis, and added that it could become an annual event.
The world record was set in 2009 in Wroclaw, Poland, where 6,346 guitarists played Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe.
The house band was fronted by original West End 'Buddy' musical star Billy Geraghty.
A message of support was sent by Buddy Holly's widow Maria in which she described the attempt as "a fantastic and unusual event".
She wrote: "Please accept my gratitude and love and also give my love and good wishes to everyone participating. Continue to Rave On with Buddy Holly."