Dancers target world’s largest Charleston


The world record for the most people doing the Charleston will be attempted by dancers at the Roaring 20s event tomorrow (Saturday, July 18).

The current record of 356 people was made in Australia but that will hopefully be beaten at 1pm on the De La Warr Pavilion Terrace.

There are a number of other attractions happening around the Marina between 10am and 6pm, including a big band, a stunt show and a 1920s-themed market.

Organiser Roger Crouch said it’s been tough but now he can’t wait for it all to get underway.

“A lot of people in Bexhill and in the surrounding areas are looking forward to a great day,” he said.

“It has been hard work to get everything ready but anything that is easy is not worth it in the end.

“We are looking forward to a really great day for Bexhill.”

The turn-of -the-century festival started in 2014 and this year is filled with attractions to showcase the best of the 1920s.

It all kicks off with the 1066 Rollerdance performing 1920s-inspired routines on the main stage and Loose Ends United playing on the Collonade at 11am.

Other dancing groups include the Gecko Dance Company from Helenswood Academy, the East Sussex School of Performing Arts, Savoy Kicks, Debonnaire Entertainment and the De La Warr Dance Horizons.

Some of the other bands and musical artists performing at the festival include the Royal British Legion Romford Marching Band and the 18-piece Swing Shift Big Band will be on the De La Warr lawn.

The Red Hot, Fiona Harrison and Exiles will be at the sailing club.

There will also be an aerial display of planes from the 1920s, including vintage tri planes, the Sopwith Camel and Focker Tridecker, plus the rare Civilian Coupe ‘Bunty’, which is one of only five made.

The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will also be celebrated with a display from a Spitfire, a Hurricane and the Dakot, as well as a full size Bristol M1C Monoplane simulator for visitors to test their flying skills in.

Cars from the era will also be on show on the lawns of the Old Bathing Station, plus displays from the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club, the Bexhill Classic Cycle Club, East Sussex Vintage Motor Cycle Club and the Bexhill Classic Car Association.

Other acts include Meet the Bond Girls, Prohibition Stunt Action and a miniature railway ride.

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