WATCH: 200 dance their way into the record books at annual morris and folk festival
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The streets of Sheringham were filled with the sound of tapping clogs and clashing sticks, as nearly 50 morris sides from all over the country danced their way into the record books at Sheringham's 25th annual Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
More than 200 took part in a mass dance in a fenced-off area of the town centre, smashing the previous, 144-person Guinness World Record set in Preston, Lancashire, in 2015 for the largest number of morris dancers performing the same dance, at the same time.
The feat saw a team of adjudicators, stewards and counters make sure the attempt met Guinness standards, with a local photographer also making a video which will be sent off to officials.
Dancers were issued with numbered wristbands by Sheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft and her deputy Liz Withington as they made they way into the Guinness arena stretching the length of the high street, before being put through their paces by festival chairman and founder member Clive Rayment.
Wicket Brood Border Morris provided music, playing the folk song Not for Joe as trios of dancers performed the Tinners Rabbit for the stipulated time of five minutes.
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Festival vice-chairman Tony Chadwick, who has been involved with the annual event since it was first held in 1993, said the world record attempt had taken months of planning.
'We were worried at one point that we wouldn't have enough space for all the dancers, but it's been a team effort all the way and it has been worth every bit of angst,' he said.
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Thanking dancers, the festival committee and Sheringham carnival volunteers for their support, Mr Chadwick added: 'It is a big plus for Sheringham and I think it will be a long time before anybody gets close to topping us.'
Sides taking part ranged from the feather-hatted Dark Horse Morris, from Essex, and the be-ribboned Rattlejag Morris, from Nottinghamshire, to the bandana-wearing Gong Scourers, from Kent, the pink-clad Costswold side Bunnies from Hell and Aald Heilpen, who travelled to Sheringham from their home in Friesland, in the Netherlands.
Mrs Ashcroft, who handed out commemorative mugs and badges to dancers taking part, said: 'It has been unbelievable - another first for Sheringham.'Sunday events include dancing from 10.30am-1pm and music from 2pm onwards in the Lobster garden.
For a full programme, visit www.pottyfestival.com