World record attempt - people called ‘Brenda’ needed

A Brenda. (S)
A Brenda. (S)

A WORLD record attempt to get the most number of women called Brenda in one place at one time takes place in Harrogate next Friday.

The stunt is to publicise Fat Brenda: My Flamin’ Story, which is at Harrogate Theatre on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 – and there’s a free ticket in it for anyone called Brenda.

Michaele Noonan, from the theatre, said: “In honour of Fat Brenda premiering at Harrogate Theatre, we’re attempting an official world record to get the most women – and men? – called Brenda in the same place at the same time.

“To which end, anyone called Brenda gets a free ticket to the play’s Friday night performance.”

The show, celebrating one of Coronation Street’s unseen, unsung heroes, is by Joe Parkinson – who writes for the soap – and stars Steve Huison, who played Eddie Windass and appeared in The Full Monty.

Fat Brenda is the often mentioned yet never glimpsed nighttime switchboard operator at Weatherfield’s Streetcars.

In 2010 she was brought to life on Twitter and has so far gained over 6,400 followers, including celebrities such as Hugh Bonneville, Boy George, Sherrie Hewson and a plethora of Corrie stars.

Brenda also writes a section on the Coronation Street Blog – Fat Brenda’s Cream Horn – which has up to 500,000 visitors a month.

Famous Brendas include actresses Blethyn, Joyce and Fricker, singer Lee, Baroness Hale of Richmond, and Brenda Chenowith from Six Feet Under, who isn’t a real person. Thanks to Aggy for her help in compiling the list.

The show starts at 7.30pm. For tickets, click here.