FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Great Cessnock Christmas Elf Challenge of 2015

Cessnock's Carols in the Park was due to be held tonight, but like so many other events in 2020, it has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

So for this week's Flashback Friday, we're winding the clock back five years to the inaugural Great Cessnock Christmas Elf Challenge, a festive world record attempt that was held in conjunction with Carols in the Park 2015.

The event was organised by Project Cessnock, the aim was to bring as many people dressed as elves together in the one location to break the world record 1762 set in Thailand in 2014.

The final count came in at 1004 elves and while the record was not broken, it was a fantastic night that injected Christmas spirit into the town.

A second attempt to break the record was held in 2016, with almost 500 people dressing up and taking part.

Successful carols nights followed at Baddeley Park in 2017 and 2018, but last year's was cancelled due to heavy bushfire smoke.