8th June 2005
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ
Fair Trade Tea Dance
There’s something peculiarly English about a Tea Dance (ok, so the French have their thé dansant, there’s a gay version, the T Dance, and even Native Americans seem to want to celebrate the reviving cuppa): it exudes genteelness and respectability, and is a very civilized way to while away a summer’s afternoon. So why not try to crack a World Record with one?
This is all for a good cause, after all, promoting the benefits of opting for Fair Trade beverages over multinational brands, with live music provided by the Royal Opera House Dance Band (I bet you didn’t know it had one…). This other effort didn’t quite have the same panache, somehow.
Almost 200 couples took part in the Square, and you didn’t need to have auditioned for Strictly to get involved, despite the presence of Anton and Hazel providing a bit of glamour and guidance. The World Record was comfortably achieved, only to be beaten in 2008 and again in 2010 in Glasgow with over 600 (or, if you believe Wiki, 4,000) dancers [so, what about this Edinburgh gathering, then?].
And talking of Glasgow, this is what its finest son has to say on the dastardly beverage.