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WATCH: 200 dance their way into the record books at annual morris and folk festival

PUBLISHED: 16:41 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 08 July 2018

Dancers celebrate smashing the Guinness World Record for the largest number of morris dancers performing the same dance, at the same time
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers celebrate smashing the Guinness World Record for the largest number of morris dancers performing the same dance, at the same time Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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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.

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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 make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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.

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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.

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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.

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Musicians on parade at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival
Photo: KAREN BETHELLMusicians on parade at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft handing out numbered wristbands to dancers taking part in the world record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft handing out numbered wristbands to dancers taking part in the world record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft, who handed out numbered wristbands to dancers taking part in the world record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft, who handed out numbered wristbands to dancers taking part in the world record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers entertaining crowds in Church Street before taking part in the Guinness World Record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers entertaining crowds in Church Street before taking part in the Guinness World Record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Counters checking world record dance attempt numbers
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCounters checking world record dance attempt numbers Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers perform the Tinners Rabbit during the Guinness World Record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers perform the Tinners Rabbit during the Guinness World Record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Aald Hielpen dancers, who travelled from their home in the Netherlands to take part in Sheringham Potty Festival world record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLAald Hielpen dancers, who travelled from their home in the Netherlands to take part in Sheringham Potty Festival world record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Aald Hielpen dancers, who travelled from their home in the Netherlands to take part in Sheringham Potty Festival world record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLAald Hielpen dancers, who travelled from their home in the Netherlands to take part in Sheringham Potty Festival world record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Black Pig Border Morris member Clive Trivett, who chose a Stars Wars theme for his hat
Photo: KAREN BETHELLBlack Pig Border Morris member Clive Trivett, who chose a Stars Wars theme for his hat Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers performing in the town centre
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDancers performing in the town centre Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Festival volunteers removing barriers after the morris dancing world record attempt
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFestival volunteers removing barriers after the morris dancing world record attempt Photo: KAREN BETHELL

A musician performing at Sheringham's 25th annual Potty Morris and Folk Festival
Photo: KAREN BETHELLA musician performing at Sheringham's 25th annual Potty Morris and Folk Festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL


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