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  • 22 October 2012, 10:18

Trekkies claim new record in London

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A Star Trek convention in London is claiming a record for the largest-ever gathering of people in costumes from the sci-fi franchise.

Destination Star Trek London, at the ExCel Centre, claims 1,083 Trekkies dressed up as characters from the TV series and films.

That beat the previous record set by 1,040 people at the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas two months ago.

If the feat is confirmed by Guinness World Records, the convention would score a second record in a matter of days for the convention after it hosted the UK's first-ever Klingon marriage ceremony.

Swedish couple Jossie Sockertopp and Sonnie Gustavsson got hitched in full-Klingon attire in a service featuring the alien race's guttural language.

Most of the people taking part in the world record bid donned the brightly coloured uniforms of the Starfleet, but one fan arrived as a mugato, a yeti-like creature with a giant horn protruding from the top of its head.

"It looks silly, it's just a gorilla suit painted white with horns on it. It's very, very hot. In fact, I was on the verge of collapse when a very kind person gave me a bottle of water because I dehydrated quite badly," said Mark Whitfield.

More than 17,000 Star Trek fans are thought to have descended on ExCel for the convention.