Lancaster aims to break world record for longest fake moustache and welly wearing conga line

Children from St Patrick's School in Heysham gearing up for the fake moustache world record attempt.
Children from St Patrick's School in Heysham gearing up for the fake moustache world record attempt.

A world record attempt at a conga line with a difference is the highlight of a free event in Lancaster.

This Side Of The River takes place this Saturday (June 28) in Ryelands Park.

This community event aims to celebrate Skerton, Ryelands and Vale, past, present and future.

From 3-6pm, visitors to the free event can see giant mobile puppets, hear the Batala drum band and explore eight geodomes.

They can also participate in a digital treasure hunt.

And at 4.30pm, everyone will be invited to attempt breaking the world record for the longest fake moustache and welly wearing conga line.

Preparations for This Side Of The River have been taking place for weeks.

Professional puppeteers have been working with people at Skerton Community Centre and pupils of St Luke’s School to create three large mobile puppets: the Witch of the Air, reflecting nature, the park and animals; River Dog, a two man puppet which can play fetch with visitors; and DreamStar, an inflatable starship celebrating the wishes,dreams and memories of Lancaster.

Volunteers are still needed to play 10 Lancaster roses who will be part of a performance led by Batala.

Other live music will be performed on the Lancaster Music Festival stage, showcasing young people from across the district.

The geodomes, which are wicker structures, will reflect the area, its people and the park itself and are being created by Skerton High School, which closes this summer, and the Friends of Ryelands Park.

The Friends will also be leading other creative sessions in a central marquee to help decorate the wellies and produce the fake moustaches needed for the conga line. They will be providing food and drink too.

Black Beard Media have produced an app which can be downloaded for those wishing to take part in the digital treasure hunt which will lead people through the park with clues about the history of the area and other fun facts.

The event was organised by the Friends of Ryelands Park, Lancashire County Council and The Dukes.

Anyone interested in getting involved with This Side Of The River should contact Jay Walton at The Dukes on 01524 598522 or email jwalton@dukes-lancaster.org.