East Londoners donned cheeky beaks and flippered feet as they celebrated Richard House Children’s Hospice ’s record-breaking Penguin Waddle.

A total of 624 fundraisers pulled on their penguin suits - nearly double last year’s figure of 373 - for a 2km shuffle around City Hall and Tower Bridge.

The fancy-dress extravaganza was successful in scooping a Guinness World record for The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Penguins while securing vital funds for the Beckton-based charity which helps children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

Penguin Waddle project manager Emma Evans said: “We were delighted and pleasantly overwhelmed to see so many people wanting to support Richard House and participating in the event.

“I want to thank them all for their support as it makes a significant difference to the children and young people in our care.

“This year we saw almost twice as many waddlers turn up compared to last year, which means that next year can only get bigger and better.”

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