Zumba fun in Norwich as huge crowds attempt to set world record
- Credit: Ian Burt
There was lots of high-energy fun taking place at Open in Norwich today as huge crowds attempted to set the world record for the most amount of people to zumba while wearing a tutu.
More than 500 people attended Heart's Zumba Tutu Party which was organised by zumba instructor Sarah-Jayne Yallop and Heart FM radio presenter Gary Stevens.
As these photographs show, the city venue was a blaze of colour with people of all ages donning tutus and getting into the zumba groove.
To set the Record Holders Republic world record they needed over 200 people to take part, and they were delighted to have more than doubled that number.
And while the final fundraising total is still to be confirmed, it is thought that several thousand pounds has been raised for Norwich-based charity The Hamlet which provides recreational, educational and social opportunities for children and adults with profound disabilities and complex health needs.
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Miss Yallop, who was one of 22 instructors at the event, said: 'It was incredible.
'We expected maybe a couple of hundred people, but it is amazing to know that 500 people turned up to support us to raise as much money as we could for a great cause.
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'We are still in shock.'
She added: 'We just wanted to come together as a zumba family and share our love of zumba in Norwich.
'It was a great way to raise money for a good cause and have fun at the same time.'
She said that the zumbathon ran for three hours from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, and that the world record attempt part took place between 12pm and 1pm.
Mr Stevens, who was one of the adjudicators at the event, said: 'We wanted to do something colourful and fun, and I am really delighted by how it went.
'There are so many zumba classes and groups and it is all ages, everyone is included.
'It was a nice feelgood event for Norwich.'
Heart's Zumba Tutu Party was raising funds for The Hamlet as this is Heart's designated local charity for this year.
The Hamlet supports more than 500 families each year from across Norfolk and North Suffolk. For more information about The Hamlet, visit the charity's website at www.thehamletcharity.org.uk