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School children from South Glos break world record

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Published: 03/05/2013


Despite attempts in Malta and possibly Columbia, the brand new world record set here in the West has been confirmed in the last few days www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/7000/most-living-figures-in-a-nativity-scene

Pupils from 24 South Gloucestershire primary schools descended on Clifton Cathedral on December 7, 2012 attempting to set a new record. They were joined by a baby, shepherds, angels and a real camel, a donkey called Gigi and some goats to help smash the old record which stood at 743.

During the attempt, the outside of the cathedral was transformed into a market place with children dressed as roman soldiers and market traders while inside a makeshift stable was created. At the time, three-month old Jaelan Tanna played a starring role as the baby Jesus and behaved beautifully in his specially made manger. Many people dressed as villagers and shepherds including invited guests and councillors.

Cllr Ian Blair, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “Congratulations to all the children who took part in the record break attempt. What an achievement it is to be crowned world record holders. Everyone should be very proud of themselves.”

Christine Wright from South Gloucestershire Council’s Music Hub thought of the idea. She said: “We have been waiting a long time for this news and I am delighted for everyone who took part. Apart from the wonderful dressing up, the singing and readings accompanied by the staff brass quintet and organ, it was a very special carol service at Clifton Cathedral. The manger has been recycled into a vegetable trough in my garden for the summer, but it can always be converted back ready for the next baby Jesus.”

Richard Jones, Music and Arts Strategy Manager added: “This is a tremendous achievement for everyone concerned. Last week we also had over 500 young musicians from South Gloucestershire perform at a concert in the Colston Hall. Making music is all about making memories as well and in the last few months we have certainly done that.”

A range of photos from the record break attempt are here www.flickr.com/photos/southglos/sets/72157632230780860/


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