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Watch: World record smashed as 1,096 dance the Charleston in Shrewsbury Quarry

By Mat Growcott | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

More than 1,000 people got into their glad rags and risked rain and mud in Shrewsbury Quarry to dance their way to a world record.

Shrewsbury became the home of the Charleston on Saturday, as 1,096 dancers smashed the Guinness World Record for the most people doing the 1920s sensation at once.

Sarah Bright, who organised the event while looking after her three-month-old baby, said that after all the organisation it had been spectacular to see all of The Quarry in sync.

Charleston world record attempt in Shrewsbury Quarry

"Thanks to everybody in Shropshire who came out in the rain to dance the Charleston for us, we claimed the Guinness World Record for the largest Charleston dance," she said.

"Watching everybody dance, there's been so much organising, and then there's a moment when you're stood on the stage at the front seeing all that dancing and smiling – it was pretty special.

"We'd have 1,150 register, but I never really believed it until we were here. I was hoping but because it was raining I was worried about whether people would even come out of their houses."

And not only did the crowd manage to take the world record, but they did it for a good cause.

The Charleston world record attempt in Shrewsbury Quarry

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This is the latest event 39-year-old Sarah has organised for Severn Hospice.

Going into the event with £2,000 already raised, the mother-of-two is hoping a further £4,000 was collected on the day.

"Every year I try to put on a fundraiser for Severn Hospice as a way of getting people together to have a good time, but also as a way of raising money," she said.

"Usually it's a vintage ball, but this year we thought let's see how many people we could get dancing in Shrewsbury's Quarry. Then the idea came to take it a step further and see if we could get the world record. We looked into it and just started pushing out the word and the response has been phenomenal."

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The next few months will be firmly focussed on Sarah's family – but she is already still thinking ahead to next year.

The Charleston world record attempt in Shrewsbury Quarry

"I've got two boys, both under two, and they've been very patient," she said. "Maybe let's get 1,000 people having a giant ball next year."

The crowd was full of supporters from across the county, including a number of people from Sarah's Revel In Dance group.

Janet Ruscoe, from Shrewsbury, said: "It was great, so much fun. Everybody taking part was smiling – it was really good."

Elizabeth Jones, from Wem, said: "It's something to tell our grandchildren. I'd be up for doing it again.

"I used to go to Sarah's classes. Everybody was in sync – we were just loving it."

The previous record was held by Swing Patrol for a dance in London's Spitalfields Market in October 2015, where 975 people had come together.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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