Whitley Bay fundraisers aiming to smash world record

Fund-raisers are hoping to break a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people taking part in a 'Oops Up Side Your Head' dance.
Fund-raisers are hoping to break a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people taking part in a 'Oops Up Side Your Head' dance.

Friends of a terminally ill Whitley Bay woman are hoping to smash a Guinness World Record while raising funds.

The friends of Julie Goulding are hoping to outdo the current world record for the largest number of people to simultaneously take part in the 1970’s dance floor classic Oops Up Side Your Head.

Members of the public are invited to join in the fun at the running track at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay, on Sunday, at noon.

The group needs more than 258 people to take part to set the record and raise funds for Julie’s ongoing cancer treatment, as well as Positively Pink, the breast cancer support charity based at North Tyneside Hospital.

Spearheaded by Julie’s friend Helen Davis, the record attempt is open to people of all ages. An entry fee of £5 will be charged on the day.

Mayor Norma Redfern and local dance teacher Jill Errington will be the two official witnesses and will be joined by professional choreographer Melanie James, who will co-ordinate the mass dance, and north east compere Steve Keys.

Helen said: “We really hope that we can claim the record – what a coup for Whitley Bay.

“The idea stemmed from a fundraising night last year and when the DJ played The Gap Band classic, the entire party flocked to the dance floor and everyone knew the moves.

“It was then that I thought, I wonder if we can create a world record for the most people taking part in this dance. Little did I know that a record already existed, so now it’s our job to smash it.”

She added: “We really hope as many people come down and join us so we can claim the title, but more seriously raise some vital funds for a much loved friend to help meet the cost of ongoing treatment to prolong her time with us.

“Julie was also keen to share any money raised with Positively Pink, the breast cancer support group based at Rake Lane hospital, which has provided her and so many other women in and around North Tyneside with ongoing support throughout their illness.”

To find out more about the event or how to get involved contact The Grooming Rooms Whitley Bay on (0191) 252 2130.