Children put on their dancing shoes for a record bid

Children at Whittingham C of E first school, who took part in an attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people dancing at the same time.
Children at Whittingham C of E first school, who took part in an attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people dancing at the same time.

CHILDREN at a north Northumberland school joined forces with thousands of others across Britain to try and break a world record on Friday – by dancing.

Thirty-seven pupils from reception class to Year 4 at Whittingham C of E First School played their part in the National School Sport Dance attempt to smash the current world record for the largest simultaneous dance, which stands at an astonishing 264,188 participants.

And to tie in with the forthcoming Olympic Games, it started at 11.40am, or 20 to 12, symbolising 2012.

Under strict rules set by Guinness World Records, all those taking part had to dance for five minutes to the same song – I Like To Move It – with identical dance steps.

Headteacher Belinda Athey said: “We have been actively involved in School Sports Week, including competitions with schools across the Alnwick pyramid, such as skipping and athletics.

“The children were really keen when we told them the dance was for a world record-breaking attempt and it was nice to finish School Sports Week on a high note.”