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Swing Patrol break Guinness World Record at Spitalfields for the Charleston

PUBLISHED: 14:46 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 12 October 2015

World record at the biggest Charleston dance session staged at Spitalfields Market

World record at the biggest Charleston dance session staged at Spitalfields Market

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Almost 1,000 people put on their swinging shoes and tripped down to London’s East End to dance their way to a new world record.

Choreography pro Scott Cupit was just 23 short of a-thousand ‘swingers’ for yesterday’s record-breaking mass attempt at the Charleston staged at Spitalfields Market.

Almost a-thousand gather to do the ChalestonAlmost a-thousand gather to do the Chaleston

But he still managed to lead his mass troupe to smash the Guinness World Record title with 977 dancers taking part.

They doubled the previous record of 503 set only in August in Sussex.

“So many more turned up than was expected that the attempt was almost spilling out onto the road,” Scott said.

The Charleston... Just like great-gandma did in  1926The Charleston... Just like great-gandma did in 1926

“We didn’t just win the title by a few, we totally smashed it.

“We knew 700 people had registered, but didn’t imagine there would be as many as there were in the end.”

Scott, who choreographs for TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, is founder of Swing Patrol, a dance organisation not shy of stunts when it comes to tripping the light fantastic.

Dancers point the way to a Guinness World RecordDancers point the way to a Guinness World Record

“The whole ‘Swing Patrol’ community was here,” he beamed.

“Swing dancers came from all over Britain and supported it.”

Scott and his dancing army had to keep up the Charleston routine for a full five minutes to beat the record.

Scott Cupit leads his 977-strong Swing Patrol for the Chaleston world recordScott Cupit leads his 977-strong Swing Patrol for the Chaleston world record

The title still had to be officially confirmed by Guinness World Records, but Scott is confident they’ve clinched it.

What is confirmed already is the wads of cash the swingers have raised for Guy’s & St Thomas’s hospitals’ cancer centre.

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