ALMOST 3,000 people “licked” their way to breaking a new ice cream-eating world record in Portstewart at the weekend.
Under glorious summer sunshine, men, women and children gathered in the north coast resort to form the longest chain of people simultaneously satisying their sweet tooth.
According to an official tally, a total of 2,728 supporters indulged in the free ice cream on offer - beating a previous record attained in the United States last year by 34 people.
Saturday’s exercise was organised by the Morelli family who run a successful ice cream business in the locality and are celebrating their centenary.
Held in the grounds of Dominican College, participants stood in an orderly chain holding a tub of ice cream in their right hand and eating from the tub in the hand of the person on their left. They were required to do so for a whole minute for the attempt to be properly verified.
Speaking to the News Letter yesterday, Daniela Morelli hailed the “brilliant” achievement.
“I couldn’t believe the amount of people in Portstewart - it was just unreal. You had to see it to believe it,” she said.
Paying tribute to the large turnout and the team of marshalls who helped in the successful organisation of the event, she added: “It couldn’t rally have happened without them. It was a big effort by everyone.”
Ms Morelli said the ice cream family have no plans to better their record, however, referring to international competition to the new target she quipped: “Knowing the Americans they will probably go and beat it next week.”
All funds raised on the day will go to the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association (NICHSA).