Bexhill shimmied its way into the record books this weekend, smashing the record for the World’s Largest Charleston Dance.
A grand total of 503 enthusiastic flappers danced to a set routine for five minutes to the backdrop of the De La Warr Pavilion, easily breaking the previous record of 356 people.
The ambitious record attempt was part of Saturday’s Bexhill Roaring 20s event, which featured various other attractions including fly pasts and a display of classic cars.
Roger Crouch, the man behind the event, said he was “so proud” of his hometown for supporting the record attempt.
He told the Observer: “The whole event has been amazing.
“To actually claim the record for Bexhill is one of my proudest moments.
“It was quite emotional to see all those people in your hometown doing that and I’m so proud of the town and the people.
“To see Bexhill alive like that was very rewarding.”
“I would like to thank Fiona Hemsworth for her work with the classic cars and the committee of the Roaring 20s - Alastair Hazell, Fiona Hemsworth, Simon Elford, Agata Dudek and a young lady who has been a great help to me, Carlie Stace.
“And a massive thanks to a group of young ladies from Debonnaire Entertainment who led the World Record attempt - Charlotte Hoy, Naomi Wareham, Danielle Horwill and Emma Burnett.”
Speaking about Bexhill Roaring 20s, which is now in its second year, Roger said: “My vision was to make this an amazing event for the town.
“It was wonderful to see that vision become a reality.”
Alastair Hazell, who assisted Roger Crouch in organising the event and was one of the main sponsors, said: “Saturday was an absolutely amazing day and one that will go down in Bexhill folklore.
“The atmosphere on the De La Warr Pavilion terrace during the world record bid was electric and, as I was standing on the terrace looking around at the huge crowds of people on the balconies and the areas surrounding us, I couldn’t quite believe what was happening.
“To see so many people throughout the town was terrific. Our little town of Bexhill had truly turned out in spectacular fashion - congratulations to you all.
“It would be remiss of me, on behalf of the organising committee, not to thank everyone who took part in the day - from the performers to the helpers, exhibitors, car owners, classic cycle group, etc. And to those who sponsored and supported - from local insurer Saga to all of the smaller local businesses that put their hands in their pockets and those businesses who dressed up and took part in the day - thank you.
“A huge debt of gratitude goes to our fabulous Debonnaire Dancers, who have been magnificent in helping us achieve our goal.
“Finally, the biggest thank you of all must go to Roger Crouch. He doesn’t like the limelight and has put this event on for Bexhill, forsaking his own health.
“After such an amazing, memorable event, I ask just one thing of you - when you see Roger out and about in Bexhill, please shake his hand and tell him how much you enjoyed it.”
*For more, including pictures taken at the Bexhill Roaring 20s event, see this Friday’s Bexhill Observer.
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