Thousands expected for Bexhill’s 1920s knees-up

The Debonnaire Dancers at the Bexhill Roaring 20s launch event. SUS-150227-124048001
The Debonnaire Dancers at the Bexhill Roaring 20s launch event. SUS-150227-124048001

People from across England are expected to descend on Bexhill to join in with a high-kicking world record attempt this summer.

Roger Crouch, organiser of the Bexhill Roaring 20s event, says he has received enquiries from as far away as Nottingham from people keen to join in the bid to break the World Record for the Largest Charleston Dance.

Roger said: “We’ve already had calls and emails from people living in Bromley, Nottingham and Birmingham.

“People want to join the world record attempt and they want to come down with their families and stay in Bexhill for the weekend.”

The attempt is expected to be the highlight of the second annual Bexhill Roaring 20s day, which is due to take place on Saturday July 18.

The record currently stands at 356 and is held by the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region of New South Wales, Australia.

But Roger and assistant organiser Alastair Hazell, who runs the popular Discover Bexhill website, are confident that the town can smash the record into pieces.

Those taking part in the attempt will have to wear appropriate clothing of the era and dance a prepared routine for five minutes.

Although the Charleston is one of the highlights of the day, there are plenty of other treats in store for those joining in the celebration of all things Twenties.

There will be a display of World War One tri-planes and Spitfire will provide a fitting tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Negotiations are currently underway to bring a third air display to the skies for the event.

Back on the ground, a collection of classic cars will pull in vintage petrol-heads, while a vintage fun fair will delight the young and young-at-heart.

There will be music and performances throughout the day, including a rousing turn from a marching band, plus the De La Warr Pavilion will also getting in on the 1920s action.

The venue is intending to screen Bugsy Malone in the evening to add to the atmosphere.

An enthusiastic Roger told the Observer: “The whole event will be fantastic for the town and we want to show off Bexhill in a mad and wonderful way!

“Bexhill is opening it’s arms to the world!”

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Acquaint yourselves with the moves with this video recorded by Alastair Hazell.