Singers 'beat carol world record'
Published 19/12/2011 | 03:02
More than 17,000 people set a new carol singing world record, a Christian radio station has claimed.
Premier Christian Radio said around 17,117 people across the UK and beyond united to sing a programme of festive favourites on Sunday night.
The attempt is believed to have smashed the existing Guinness World Record of 15,000 singers, set in 2009 by Disney, but has yet to be officially rubber-stamped.
Sunday's event was organised by the radio station and sponsored by charity BibleLands.
It included venues in Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and even Geneva, with carol classics including Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hark The Herald Angels Sing and Away in a Manger.
Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Radio, said: "It's inspiring to see so many people across the whole of the UK get on board for this record-breaking attempt.
"It's been a lot of fun, and has brought people out to celebrate and really be a part of the spirit of Christmas.
"As far as we can tell with these initial figures, we've broken the record. We hope to get the rubber stamp from Guinness in the next few months."
The attempt was part of the national Christmas Starts With Christ campaign, which aims to engage people with the true meaning of Christmas.