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Dancing beer man makes comeback

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He's back: the dancing Guinness man returns

The dancing man who shot to fame for his wacky steps around a big pint of black stuff, is making a comeback.

Anticipation, one of the most talked about Guinness advertisements, sparked a dance craze and was one of the drinks company's most loved advertisements.

Now, 15 years later, dancing man Joe McKinney will be strutting his stuff around a pint on screen once more.

The soundtrack for the ad - which was hummed by thousands - was by the Perez Prado Orchestra.

The advertisement was first screened in 1994. It returns on 9 March as part of the classic ads campaign which marks the brewery's 250th anniversary.

Another iconic Guinness ad, "the Island", known as Ta siad ag teacht - the Irish for "They are on their way" - will also feature.

It has won several awards and was voted Ireland's advertisement of the century in Marketing magazine.

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Over the years, viewers might also remember Guinness ads featuring fish riding bicycles, old men swimming, and most famously giant white horses crashing out of the surf.

Grainne Wafer, senior marketing manager at Guinness said: "Both 'The Island' and 'Anticipation' are two of our most loved and most talked about Guinness ads.

"As part of our Classic Ads campaign, which celebrates 250 remarkable years of Guinness, they will be making a welcome return to our screens this month.

"The reaction to our Classic ads campaign has been absolutely brilliant. We know that many people have been waiting for these ads in particular and happily, they will be aired this month."



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