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Freezing revellers claim world record for coldest disco dance on Earth

By Anna Liesowska
28 January 2015

100-year-old woman among the hundreds who party the night away on the banks of a Yakutia river as temperatures fall to -43C.

At least 300 people from Srednekolymsk joined in the fun at the open air dance on the banks of the River Ankudinka as the mercury dipped to -43C. Picture: Oksana Tyrylgina-Ushnitskaya.

Revellers in a small Yakutia town have entered the record books – after holding the coldest disco on Earth.

At least 300 people from Srednekolymsk joined in the fun at the open air dance on the banks of the River Ankudinka as the mercury dipped to -43C.

It meant the event was held in temperatures colder than the North Pole, which only witnessed a low of -30C at the weekend.

Among those who took part in the 90-minute-long extravaganza on January 23 was a 100-year-old woman and a one-year-old boy.

The application to make the attempt was submitted to the Guinness World Records in October by local entrepreneur Afanasy Bubyakin. He wanted to claim the title for holding a professional outdoor disco at the lowest ever temperature.

Coldest disco


Coldest disco


Coldest disco

The oldest reveller was 100-year-old Maria Kokorina, while the youngest dancer was little one-year-old Sasha Tretyakov. Pictures: Vladislav Tretyakov

He had said about 100 participants would take part, but in the end there were at least three times that many.

According to local resident Vladislav Tretyakov to set the record they had to dance in the cold for 30 minutes. But everyone enjoyed the event so much that the dancing was extended for one more hour.

The oldest reveller was 100-year-old Maria Kokorina, while the youngest dancer was little one-year-old Sasha Tretyakov.

While the title has been claimed, it still has to be verified by the Guinness World Records and a number of photos and videos have been sent off to officials.

Located about 1,485km (923miles) north-east of Yakutsk in the Sakha Republic, Srednekolymsk has a population of just 3,000 people.

It is one of the coldest places on Earth, with average lows of about -41C in January, although the lowest recorded temperature stands at -60C.

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