Organisers of an ABBA-themed festival want to attempt a dance performance world record by getting 1000 people to do a choreographed dance to the tune Dancing Queen.

The Big Broadstairs Weekend organisers will ask dancers to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at the QEQM Hospital in Margate and  the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.

So far, 470 people have registered on the Dancing Queens website to take part in the world record attempt.

One of the organisers, Fiona Crawford, told the BBC: “If we raise £5,000 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and the QEQM Special Care Baby Unit I think that will be really good, but I think we’ll raise a whole lot more than that.

“We’ve been round five or six local schools and taught the dance there.

“People of all ages from the community are taking part, but I am getting a bit worried about the [lack of] men.”

 ABBA tribute band Abalicious will perform at the event and there will be a free screening of movie Mamma Mia! on Viking Bay beach.

The festival is designed to promote Broadstairs.

Ms Crawford said: “It’s all about Broadstairs people doing it for themselves and showcasing our beautiful town to the rest of Kent and beyond.”