"Hugathon" held at Leeds train station for charity

Some of those taking part in the hugathon Credit: Calendar

A strange site will greet travellers passing through Leeds station from now until eleven am tomorrow morning. Seven volunteers are staging a twenty five hour "hugathon" in aid of the children's charity Tommy's.

They need to stay standing up hugging each other for twenty five hours claim a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and are only allowed a five minute break each hour.

Organisers say they decided to stage the record attempt in Leeds after a national study into affection levels showed that one in five people in the city would like more hugs in their lives, making them one of the most hug-deprived cities in the UK!