London, Nov 1 : A new world record has been set for the largest gathering of zombies during a Halloween event, with 1,227 people dressed as zombies dancing to pop star Michael Jackson's superhit song 'Thriller' in Nottingham.
The participants were seen covered in fake blood and face paint as they gathered in the Old Market Square, and performed a choreographed zombie dance.
The performance started at 5pm, and it took officials from Guinness World Records half-an-hour to verify the number of participants for the event, which was part of the GameCity festival.
The record had previously been held by the US, when 1,124 people attended Monroeville Mall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in November last year.
"We were staggered by the number of Zombies that turned up to help us beat the attempt. Everyone got into the spirit of the afternoon and the Thriller dance was incredible," the Telegraph quoted Iain Simons, the festival's director, as saying.
"As any self-respecting zombie knows, it's very important that they come together and dance the Michael Jackson Thriller dance because that's what zombies do when they congregate," he added.
For the 14-minute Thriller video, first broadcast in December 1983, this year marks its 25th anniversary.
"It has been fantastic, we have had a huge turnout, far better than we expected, you can't move for dancing zombies," Margaret Robinson, who helped arrange the event, said.
"We are all zombies tonight, we are all undead, I am covered in blood - very happy," she added.
In March, the city also set a record for the most Robin Hoods when 1,119 costumed people gathered at the castle.