Couples attempt to dance into the record books

George Square and the Winterfest events
George Square and the Winterfest events

By Euan Black

A world record attempt will take place in George Square at the end of the year.

Tea Dance Tuesdays, a weekly event as part of the Winterfest Glasgow programme, is attempting to overhaul the record for the largest outdoor tea dance. The record was set in 2005 when 195 couples danced their way into the record books at Trafalgar Square.

A spokesman for Culture and Sport Glasgow said: “The Tea Dance Tuesday event, which is running for six weeks, is an opportunity for people to come along, have fun and hopefully set a new world record.

“The Trafalgar Square dance, which set the record, was apparently a promotional event for Strictly Come Dancing, but we’re hopeful we can break the record”.  

The record attempt will also invite celebrity couples to join the dancers, but there was no confirmation as to who these were.

Starting today until 6th January 2009, Tea Dance Tuesdays invites couples of all ages and dancing ability to join in the fun. There will be free tea and scones on offer to the first 250 dancers every week.

It is part of Winterfest Glasgow’s programme of events for George Square, which will also include an ice skating rink, Santa’s Grotto, and a Glasgow Hogmanay celebration where Paolo Nutini will headline. People can watch the fun from home thanks to the web cam on the Winterfest Glasgow website.