CHILDREN at a Deeside school have been taking part in a world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing simultaneously.
Pupils at Banchory-Devenick Primary School joined in with the sign2sing event on February 8.
Alison Stephen, a parent of two pupils at the school, said: “I teach baby signing classes and I’m passionate about signing.
“I thought sign2sing would be a great event for my daughters’ school to be involved in, giving the children an opportunity to learn more about sign language.
“I have been going into the school to help the children learn the song and we’ve all had a great time.”
Sign2sing is designed to raise awareness of deafness and the work of the charity SignHealth, as well as acting as a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a suggested donation of £1 for everyone taking part.
The youngsters from Banchory-Devenick sang 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.
Last year 94,489 children took part in SignHealth’s sign2sing event and smashed the Guinness World Records. The previous record was 13,418.
Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, said: “More than 900 schools from all over the country, including Banchory-Devenick, and overseas, in Africa and Spain, registered to take part in our Guinness World Record sign2sing project. “They range in size from 30 to 800 pupils, which, from our calculations, means more than 130,000 schoolchildren took part in the event. The exact number of participants will be confirmed by Guinness World Records at a later date.
“We organised the sign2sing event to help raise awareness of deafness and the work we do at SignHealth.
“It has been a truly fantastic event and we’re extremely grateful for 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 the charity.”
The charity is hoping to organise the event again next year and people wishing to take part are invited to contact them to register their interest.
For more information, visit www.sign2sing.org.uk or call SignHealth on 01494 687600.