Pupils from a Carnoustie primary school have recently helped to achieve a Guinness world record for singing in sign language.
Carlogie Primary School took part in the sign2sing event in February which saw 116,000 children simultaneously perform sign language nationwide and which Guinness World Records recently confirmed as a new record.
The event was organised by SignHealth the healthcare charity for deaf people. Chief executive Steve Powell said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have broken the world record for the third year running. sign2sing is our annual record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.
“We organised sign2sing to help raise awareness of deafness and the work we do at SignHealth. It’s a great way of engaging youngsters to learn and understand the different forms of communication in a fun and memorable way.
“The event was also a fund-raiser for the charity through a voluntary donation from those who took part.”
The lyrics for sign2sing were written by Garry Slack, author of the award-winning ‘Sign with Olli’ books. The music was composed by Paul Fairey, who has written various theme tunes for television and radio.
Steve continued: “We’re now busy preparing for our fourth sign2sing event taking place on February 5 (2014), where we’ll try and beat the world record again and this time we will also be encouraging choirs and businesses to take part.
“Schools wishing to take part are invited to register now by visiting www.sign2sing.org.uk and clicking on the ‘register now’ link.”
For more information about sign2sing, please visit the website above or contact SignHealth, which is based in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, on 01494 687600. Alternatively, sign2sing is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and www.facebook.com/sign2sing.
CAPTION: Showing off the certificate confirming the record has been broken are from left - marketing and communications manager at SignHealth, Gail Bunn, Olli the monkey and events and corporate fund-raiser at SignHealth, Linda Petrons.