800 children will ‘sign and sing’

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MORE THAN 800 children from schools in Angus will take part in a world record breaking attempt this month for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously.

SignHealth’s initial paperwork for its sign2sing event on February 8 shows that 840 pupils from five Angus schools will be joining in.

The schools include Aberlemno Primary School, Airlie Primary School, Langlands Primary School, Southmuir Primary School, Carlogie Primary School and Carnoustie High School.

Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, said: “Although six schools from Angus have registered for sign2sing, we know from our initial calculations that 388 pupils from Langlands Primary School will be participating, along with 360 children from Carlogie Primary School, 37 youngsters from Aberlemno Primary School, 25 children from Airlie Primary School and 30 pupils from Southmuir Primary School.

“Children at Carnoustie High School will be taking part too. Our sign2sing project is an attempt to break the world record for the most young people singing and signing a song at the same time.

“More than 900 schools across the country and overseas have signed up and we’re delighted schools in Angus are involved in the event too.”

In 2011, 94,489 children took part in SignHealth’s sign2sing event and smashed the Guinness World Record of 13,418.

The charity is expecting more than 150,000 schoolchildren will take part in the 2012 event.

Leah Cowan, Visiting Teacher of Hearing Impaired Pupils in Angus, said: “All 840 pupils at the five primary schools involved in sign2sing are very excited about taking part.

“Everyone is really looking forward to attempting to break the world record.”

The event 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 sign2sing world record breaking attempt takes place at 2.45pm on Wednesday, February 8.

For more information, please visit the website www.sign2sing.org.uk or contact SignHealth on 01494 687600.