Dig out your satin slacks, luminous leg warmers and neon-coloured ra-ra skirts . . . the 1980s is coming back to Accrington.
Do you want to be part of a “totally rad” attempt to smash the wacky world record for the most people performing disco classic ‘Oops Upside Your Head’?
On June 3rd at 3 pm in the grounds of St James’ Church in Accrington, between 500 and 600 folks will form a human chain and strut their stuff to The Gap Band’s early 80s hit.
As well as smashing a world record participants will be raising money for the Mayoral Charity Fund. Evonne Harwood, the event organiser and owner of Warner Street’s Pink Magpie Emporium, says: “We’re hoping for as many people to sign up via our Facebook page as possible. It would be extra special to see people dressed up in 1980s clothing – the brighter the better!”
To promote the event, Food Festival organiser Scott Dawson Advertising has produced a short video featuring Evonne, council leader Miles Parkinson, Accrington and Rossendale College sponsor Karen Bracewell and the Reverend Ian Enticott of St James’ Church in Accrington.
Says Reverend Enticott: “We are a church involved with the community. We held the re-enactments here at last year’s food festival but this will be the first time we’ll have had so many people trying to do coordinated dancing. If you watch the social media video you will have a great laugh at our attempts. But you can probably do much better – so come along on the day and help us to break this world record!”
Sponsor Karen from Accrington and Rossendale College, adds: “We sponsored the event because it is a fantastic idea to bring the community together – just like the food festival does.
“I have just done a little of the Oops upside dance for the promo video and I can tell you it really hits the core – so very good exercise!”
The leader of Hyndburn Council Miles Parkinson said: “We will hopefully break the world record and raise lots of money for charity. It’s all about having fun in Accrington.”
Accrington Food Festival promises to have something for everyone, from fabulous flavours to family fun. Organisers Scott Dawson Advertising, now in their third year of running the event, hopes to beat last year’s visitor number of 14,000.
Watch Scott Dawson’s ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ promo video here: