• 662 people attempted the world's largest gathering of people dressed as The Tramp in Switzerland on Charlie Chaplin's birthday on April 16. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)Source: Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP
Hundreds of people turned up at his former home in Switzerland for the world record attempt.
Alyssa Braithwaite

20 Apr 2017 - 4:12 PM  UPDATED 20 Apr 2017 - 4:12 PM

How do you celebrate the 128th birthday of silent film legend Charlie Chaplin, 40 years after his death?

With hundreds of people dressed up as his best-known character, the Little Tramp, for a world record attempt.

662 people of all ages gathered at the star's former home in Switzerland dressed in suits and bowler hats, with walking stick and moustaches finishing off the look.

The participants gathered at the estate where Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his life, which opened a year ago in the village of Corsier-sur-Vevey near Lake Geneva as Chaplin's World museum.

"There have been big Charlie Chaplin gatherings in the past, but this is the first to be certified by an officer of the law," Annick Barbezat-Perrin, a spokesman for the museum, told AFP, via The Local.

Chaplin was born in England in 1889 and died on Christmas Day in 1977, aged 88.

The museum houses a studio showing his movies, wax figures, recreations of some of his film set pieces, and a restaurant called The Tramp. 

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