Film ID:
NEFA 22129

NORTHERN LIFE: MARATHON DANCER, NON-STOP RECORD BY CLEVELAND MAN

1977

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Description

Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on a disco dance marathon in Middlesbrough in the 70s. Peter Holland interviews two men attempting to set a new Guinness world record, including Albert Harding, a local black British dancer and restaurant manager, and John Vipont, a plater with a Stockton-on-Tees engineering company. This item was broadcast on 25 April 1977.

Young men and women take part in a disco dancing marathon at a small Middlesbrough club (possibly the Bongo Club or Inn Cognito) with a black leatherette bar, grooving to funk music. Two of the dancers remaining in the marathon are Albert Rupert Harding, a local dancer and restaurant manager, and John Vipont, a plater with a Stockton-on-Tees engineering company. Albert is dressed in red, flared Adidas track suit bottoms and a red T-shirt branded with the Inn Cognito International nightclub name. A few customers at the club watch the dancers. John wears a Gola T-shirt. Other dancers keep them company on the dance floor including two young women in check shirts.

Peter Holland interviews the two young men left in the contest and asks about the type of energetic music they are dancing to. John answers that it is soul, funk music, fast beat up-tempo music, and that you can’t dance to slow music. Albert Harding is favourite of the two to become world champion disco dancer.

[In 1975, Albert Harding managed a world-record-breaking modern dance marathon, but had since lost his title to an Australian.]