Carnival organisers set sights on ‘twerking’ world record

Dancers from Jalgos Sports and Social Club at Preston Caribbean Carnival
Dancers from Jalgos Sports and Social Club at Preston Caribbean Carnival
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Preston Caribbean Carnival organisers are aiming to break an unusual record – for “twerking”.

The carnival is the biggest party Preston will see this year and the committee is busy raising funds and sponsorship prior to the main carnival on June 21.

The latest pre-carnival event that the organisers are running in connection with Preston City Council is a Twerk-a-thon on May 2 at 12noon on Preston Flag Market.

And the aim is to set a new world record for the most people twerking simultaneously in one place.

The aim is to get 400 people all twerking for a minimum of three and a half minutes at the same time, so it will be a fun spectacle not to be missed.

All participants are asked to gain sponsorship for the event and the funds raised will be used to fund the main carnival.

The twerking dance concept originated in West Africa and involves a twisting hip action and a low squatting stance. The term is thought to come from a combination of the words “twist” and “jerk”.

It is energetic and fun – so all the people involved in the Preston world record attempt are sure to enjoy themselves and burn a few calories in the process.

Twerkers wanting to perfect their technique are also welcome to attend a training event tomorrow at St Augustine’s Sports Hall, Avenham, at noon.