Forest Gate choreographer leads hundreds to new world record title

The world record attempt to do the world's largest charleston at Spitalfields Market in London

The world record attempt to do the world's largest charleston at Spitalfields Market in London - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people took out their dancing shoes and assembled in an iconic east London market to move their way to a new world record.

Choreographer, Scott Cupit, from Forest Gate, successfully led an impressive 977 people to a new Guinness World Record Title for the largest Charleston dance at Spitalfields Market on Sunday.

Scott, who is the founder of Swing Patrol, a leading dance organisation, said it was “spectacular” to see so many people come together for the attempt.

“It was so great. We had so much fun,” Scott said.

“So many more people than what was expected turned up that the attempt was almost going out onto the road. It was spectacular.”

The previous world record was set in Bexhill, east Sussex, where 503 people helped reach the top dancing title.

Scott, who choreographs for popular TV show, Strictly Come Dancing, said: “We didn’t just win the title by a few, we totally smashed it.

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“We knew that 700 people or so had registered but we didn’t imagine there to be as many people as there were in the end.

“It just felt so great being up on stage, the whole event was just so much fun.”

He added: “The whole Swing Patrol community were here, swing dancers from across the UK came and supported it.”

To beat the record, Scott and his army of dancers had to complete a dance routine for five minutes.

The dancer, who has also launched a Forest Gate branch for Swing Patrol, added that the title still had to be officially confirmed.

“It’s not official yet, the Guinness Book of Records will let us know soon, but we’ve had a great day and raised money for Guy’s Cancer Centre,” Scott explained.

“It takes about a week for the attempt to be confirmed as a world record, but we’re confident we did it as we had everything we needed in place.”

A number of residents from Forest Gate also headed to the event to take part.

Scott said: “I think I saw about 16 people from Forest Gate.

“Our area was well represented because all those who took part Forest Gate wore green.”

The money raised will go towards a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital to help meet the needs of over two million people across the South East from next year. Each year the Centre will see 20,000 suspected cancer cases and treat 6,500 cancer patients.