Thousands of people helped break a World Record – but not the one health bosses on the Fylde coast were originally aiming for.
Just short of 1,700 people joined Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston to set the record for ‘most people performing jumping jacks simultaneously’ at Lytham Festival on Saturday morning.
The Fylde Coast NHS was trying to break the record for the ‘most people exercising to a fitness video in a single location’, but that “unfortunately fell short.”
The records were tried as part of the Fitter Fylde Coast campaign, launched to raise awareness of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in response to growing childhood obesity rates – and to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.
Three-times Dancing on Ice champ Dan, who choreographed and filmed the routine – dubbed the ‘Whiston Wave’ – said: “It was fantastic to see so many children and families taking part and the best thing is they can now tell everyone they are official Guinness World Record holders.”
Thornton GP Dr Tony Naughton, who spearheaded the attempt, added: “What we are really keen to do is promote a healthier lifestyle across the Fylde Coast so people can start looking after themselves and their loved ones.”