‘Buzzing atmosphere’ at Colchester Street Wise family fun day

Bebop Stage Performers dance at the Streetwise event at Colchester Institute on Saturday, 13 June.

Bebop Stage Performers dance at the Streetwise event at Colchester Institute on Saturday, 13 June. - Credit: Su Anderson

Volunteer dancers who tried to break a world record in Colchester on Saturday have a tense wait to find out if they will enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

Slippery Fret perform at the Streetwise event at Colchester Institute on Saturday, 13 June.

Slippery Fret perform at the Streetwise event at Colchester Institute on Saturday, 13 June. - Credit: Su Anderson

Up to 2,000 people attended the Street Wise family fun day at the Colchester Institute, with many of them joining the efforts to create the world’s largest street dance.

As well as the dancing, people could take part in a wide range of activities including language taster classes, calligraphy workshops, Tai Chi, and an inflatable assault course run by the Parachute Regiment.

A popular part of the day were video animation tasters run out of the college’s TV studio, complete with green screen technology turning people into superheroes.

Gemma Rawlinson, Street Wise spokesman, said: “We won’t know if we have broken the record for a couple of weeks so we will be waiting with baited breath.

Lewis Aleta, from Fish Lips Sushi, gives a sushi demonstration at the Streetwise event at Colchester

Lewis Aleta, from Fish Lips Sushi, gives a sushi demonstration at the Streetwise event at Colchester Institute on Saturday, 13 June. - Credit: Su Anderson

“It was fantastic to see so many people come together as a community to try and get the record.

“There was a really buzzing atmosphere with people having fun everywhere during the day, and it was amazing that we had so many people come along.

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“There was so much going on.”

The event also saw a closely-fought mascot race, won by Barney the Beagle from the Tom Bowdidge Foundation by a snout.

Photographer Gavin King was also at the event raising money for the foundation with his 1,000 Faces of Colchester project, which aims to picture 1,000 people – with a £1,000 donation from Kerseys Solicitors on offer if he succeeds.

A record 185 people joined the photo shoot, taking the overall total pictured so far to 528.