Hundreds go together for an attempt at world record
GREASE was the word for hundreds of film fans who gathered for the Big Broadstairs Weekend.
Over three days the town turned back the clock to the 1950s to celebrate the musical . On Friday there was a party at the Pavilion which attracted T-Birds and Pink Ladies in fancy dress.
On Saturday a big-screen viewing of the film brought yet more crowds to Viking Bay.
However, technical problems meant some people at the back could not hear the film.
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Organiser Fiona Crawford admitted she was disappointed but said: "If we do it next year, we've learned a lot of lessons."
The grand finale of the weekend was the world record attempt in Victoria Gardens for the largest number of people performing a synchronised dance routine. Oscar-nominated Secrets And Lies star Brenda Blethyn, from Ramsgate, decided at the last minute to join the hundreds assembled for the dance on Sunday.
She said: "It's lovely, you know, when people can come out like this, stop off somewhere, feel cheerful, and they can go into the shops and spend a bob or two.
"I love Thanet and anything that goes on here."
Many dancers had dressed in 50s duds in preparation for the synchronised boogie.
School governor Wendy Barker, 65, and her granddaughters Lois Barker, 10, Amber Coniff, 11, and Rachel Barker, 15, were all sporting Pink Ladies jackets.
Wendy said: " It's good fun. We've been learning the dance on the beach, at home and here."
Samantha Wheatley, of Pierremont Avenue, was wearing a retro skirt and lemon-check neckerchief.
She said: "It's brilliant. It's lovely to see Broadstairs so busy. It's a brilliant atmosphere and it's brilliant to see people making the effort to dress up."
The crowd were also treated to music from various performers – including Craig Sheridan, a demonstration from parkour group Thanet Dragons and a variety of stalls and rides.
Linda Hudson, of Broadstairs, who shook her stuff in the dance-along, said: "Fantastic – I know it takes a lot of preparation and I think it's wonderful people are making the effort to do such a thing."
The world record, which was set by the Big Broadstairs Weekend last year, was not broken on the day with 661 people taking part. Last year's Abba dance attracted 882 people.
For a video of the world record-attempt dance and Thanet Dragons routine go to the Isle of Thanet Gazette YouTube channel.