Singing and signing children from Dagenham school break Guiness World Record

Children from Grafton Primary School, who were part of the world record breaking attempt to sing and

Children from Grafton Primary School, who were part of the world record breaking attempt to sing and use sign language at the same time - Credit: Archant

A group of schoolchildren are now world record holders after they sang at the same time as performing sign language along with more than 100,000 other pupils and teachers.

More than 900 Grafton Primary School children performed at the same time as those from schools across the country in the sign2sing event earlier this year.

Their efforts were recognised by GUINNESS World Records for the most people performing sign language simultaneously in different locations, breaking records set over the last two years when it was announced at the end of June.

Headteacher Martin Nicholson said: “Children at Grafton enjoy singing so we were delighted to take part.

“I am particularly pleased that we have contributed to a world record and we look forward to supporting this project in the future.”


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Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, the healthcare charity for deaf people, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have broken the world record for the third year running.

“We’d like to thank Grafton Primary School, Dagenham, for taking part.”

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Funds were also raised for the charity through donations with Grafton Primary School raising £265 alone.

The money will be used to continue the charity’s work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people.

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