Town to get in a flap over world record attempt


Feather boas and fedoras at the ready - Bexhill Roaring 20s is making a welcome return to the town this summer.

And the organisers have lined-up something extra special for this year’s event.

Alastair Hazell and Roger Crouch with the glamorous Debonnaire Dancers. Picture by Simon Newbury. SUS-150223-144103001

Alastair Hazell and Roger Crouch with the glamorous Debonnaire Dancers. Picture by Simon Newbury. SUS-150223-144103001

On Saturday July 18 Bexhillians are being urged to get behind an ambitious attempt to break the World Record for The Largest Charleston Dance.

The record is currently held by the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region of New South Wales, Australia, when 356 people high-kicked and shimmied their way through a simple five minute prepared routine.

Bexhill Roaring 20s organiser Roger Crouch said: “This is a massive community event.

“I’m really proud of it and it will be a great event for Bexhill. We will bring in hundreds of people, if not thousands, from outside of town.”

And Roger knows a thing or two about setting world records.

In 2010, the founder of Hastings’ Pirate Day led the town into the record books, with the most number of pirates in one place.

Those pesky pirates of Penzance pilfered the record in 2011, only for Hastings to reclaim the title the following summer.

Roger said: “I know from past experience what the excitement of a record can do for a town, so we are looking forward to that immensely.”

Those taking part in the World Record bid will have to dress the part in order to join in.

Ladies must wear a plain dress, headband, feather boa or pearls, while the men must don a shirt, trousers and fedora hat.

Charlotte Hoy, from the Debonnaire Dancers, will be leading those who take part through a few simple Charleston moves.

She said: “There are a few rules. We need to make sure that we are in our 1920s look.

“And also it needs to be five minutes long, so we need to keep that dance going for five minutes. As you can see, it’s easy, so anyone can join in.”

There are plenty of other treats in store for those who come along to the Bexhill Roaring 20s event. There will be a display of World War One tri-planes and a spitfire will provide a fitting tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. And a third air display is yet to be confirmed.

Alastair Hazell, who runs the popular Discover Bexhill website, is assisting with the organising of the event.

He said: “I met Roger last year and he filled me in with his ideas for the Roaring 20s event. This just seemed the perfect event for Bexhill to add to the summer calendar along with the Fishing Festival and Motofest.

“Last year’s event was fantastic and this year’s event is going to be even bigger and better with the plans that we have.

“Make no mistake. If you are a business in Bexhill, you want to be seen alongside supporting this festival.”