GUINNESS World Records has confirmed that the world record for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously has been broken and it includes three Angus schools.
National charity SignHealth organises the sign2sing record breaker every year and this February (2012) 114,277 pupils and teachers from across Great Britain, including 667 from Angus, participated in the event.
Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, the healthcare charity for Deaf people, said: “We are delighted to have broken the world record for the second year running and we are going to try and beat it again next year.
“We organised the sign2sing event to help raise awareness of deafness and the work we do at SignHealth. It was also a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a voluntary donation from everyone taking part.”
The schools in Angus that took part in sign2sing were Airlie Primary School in Airlie by Kirriemuir, Langlands Primary School in Forfar and Southmuir Primary School in Kirriemuir. In total they raised more than £400 for SignHealth.
Steve added: “We’re extremely grateful as all of the money raised will make a significant contribution to the work of the charity.”
Schools that registered for sign2sing received a DVD to help them learn and practise the song, as well as a set of new classroom resources aimed at increasing Deaf awareness.
The song, entitled ‘sign2sing’, 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 charity is organising the sign2sing event again for February next year. Schools wishing to take part are invited to register their interest now via the website www.sign2sing.org.uk.