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Hundreds attend UK festival in support of the name 'Nigel'

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<p>A pub landlord attempting to stop Britain from running out of Nigels staged a festival for men with the name - and hundreds turned up from all over the world.<br></p><p>Nigel Smith, 59, held Nige-fest last night (24) - gathering hundreds of Nigels from all over the world together for a pint.</p><p>The entertainment was provided by musicians called Nigel, and attendees brought photo ID and signed the “the book of Nigel” kept at the Fleece Inn, in Bretforton, Worcs.</p><p>Nigel came up with the idea after the name became officially extinct according to new birth records in 2016 and 2020.</p><p>The landlord broke the world record for the largest gathering of Nigels after 432 joined him for a pint in 2019.</p><p>He was hoping to break his own record last night - but this year, 372 Nigels turned up for an evening of Nigel-themed refreshment.</p><p>The oldest Nigel in attendance was an 84-year-old who came from America for the event. The youngest Nigel was in his 30s.</p><p>Others travelled from Los Angeles, Florida and Texas to Nicaragua, Zimbabwe and Spain.</p><p>Entertainment was provided by other Nigels - two DJs, an MC, a comedian, a busker, and even a group of Morris dancers all called Nigel as well.</p><p>The second ever 'Nigel Night' raised more than £3,000 for British Heart Foundation.</p><p>Pub landlord Nigel plans to host it again in 2025.</p><p>Nigel said: "It was absolutely brilliant. We had a fantastic time.</p><p>"It was like we all had known each other forever, but obviously we didn't. It was a great feeling of all of us getting together and celebrating our Nigel-ness.</p><p>"Times are pretty difficult at the moment for many of us so it was great to be able to get together for a party.</p><p>"We just had a jolly fine time. </p><p>"Tradition is something you do twice, that's the rule, and we shall do it again. I think we're encouraged enough to say every two to three years, we'll do it again, definitely.</p><p>"We had people from all over coming to the event. Our friend from Texas - Texas Nigel - came for the second time, only to be joined by another Texas Nigel.</p><p>"One Nigel came from the Isle of Wight so we had to give him an award for the longest travelled Nigel in the UK.</p><p>"People who came this time heard about us three years ago and put it in their diaries.</p><p>"We were running shuttle buses from our local town and hotels so that all the Nigels who had travelled were able to get here and perhaps enjoy a beer or two and not have to drive home.</p><p>"We had a 14-week-old puppy called Nigel as well, which was nice - but he didn't say very much!</p><p>"We are uniting Nigels from all across the world, and we would like to reach out to and invite all Nigels - and all non-Nigels - to come along and join us next time in 2025."<br></p>
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