PRIMARY school pupils from the Forfar and Kirriemuir area look set to have their names included in the Guinness Book of World Records after they joined together on Wednesday.
Pupils from Aberlemno, Airlie, Southmuir in Kirriemuir and Langlands in Forfar were among 10 Angus schools who took part in the sign2sing event organised by the charity SignHealth.
Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, which is the national healthcare charity for deaf people, said: “Hundreds of schools from all over the country, including Angus, and overseas registered to take part in our Guinness World Records™ sign2sing project for the most people signing and singing at the same time.
“The schools ranged in size from 30 to 800 pupils, which, from our calculations, means more than 135,000 schoolchildren took part in the event. The exact number of participants will be confirmed by Guinness World Records at a later date.
“The previous world record, which we set last year, was 114,277 so we are hoping to have smashed this. It has been a truly fantastic event and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part.
At the moment we’re still counting the money raised but we’re hoping it will make a significant contribution to the work of SignHealth.”
Young people from all over the country and overseas signed a song, entitled ‘sign2sing’, which was composed especially for the event.
The lyrics were written by Garry Slack, author of the award-winning ‘Sign with Olli’ books and the music was composed by Paul Fairey, who has written various theme tunes for television and radio.
The money will be used to continue the charity’s work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children. SignHealth is asking schools that took part in sign2sing to send in their paperwork and video or photographic evidence as these will be needed in order to fulfil Guinness World Records criteria for the world record.
Children who participated in sign2sing will now be given a ‘secret code’ from SignHealth to use on a website developed especially for the event. Participants will be able to unlock the ‘Record Breakers’ section on the Monkey Manor website, www.sign2sing.org.uk, for the chance to win prizes, including an iPad mini.