Rockin? for a world record
By HUGH KEARNEY
WINTERSUN organisers are confident the 2006 Festival can enter the Guinness World Book of Records for the most rock n' roll dancers in one place at the same time.
The world record-setting attempt will take place in Griffith Street, Coolangatta this Sunday at 4pm, with more than 3000 expected to take part.
According to Wintersun director Barry McNamara, organisers are following all the guidelines supplied by Guinness World Records (GWR) for a successful attempt, and confidence is high.
Mr McNamara said the famous compilers had accepted Wintersun's rock n' roll world record attempt as valid and the guidelines had been agreed.
"We have to have everybody dancing for a minimum of six minutes, we have JPs (Justices of the Peace) to witness it and will also videotape it as evidence," he said.
"We are trying to get dancers to register beforehand, but we will have official counters on the street to do a proper tally.
"Our goal is 3000 to 3500 dancers. I'd be happy with that."
Mr McNamara said as far as GWR was aware, there was no existing world record for the largest number of rock'n' roll dancers at one time.
But the GWR website does record the world's Largest Chicken Dance performed by a massive 72,000 people at the Canfield Fair in Ohio, USA, in 1996.
And it may came as a surprise to learn that the world record for the Largest Country Line Dance is held not by Tamworth, but by Hong Kong where, in December 2002, 12,168 people lined up, literally, to claim that honour.