Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Children set nativity scene record

Hundreds of primary school children in a nativity scene at Clifton Cathedral (South Gloucestershire Council/PA)

Hundreds of primary school children are celebrating after gaining a Guinness World Record - for the most living figures in a nativity scene.

The feat was achieved when 845 pupils from 24 schools in South Gloucestershire descended on Bristol's Clifton Cathedral on December 7 last year.

They were joined by a baby, shepherds, angels, a real camel, a donkey and some goats to help smash the previous record of 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 a makeshift stable was created inside.

Three-month-old Jaelan Tanna had a starring role as baby Jesus and lay in a specially made manger. Guests and councillors also dressed as villagers and shepherds.

Ian Blair, chair of South Gloucestershire Council's Children and Young Person's Committee, praised the children for breaking the world record.

He 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, of South Gloucestershire Council's Music Hub, came up with the idea. The record was only confirmed by Guinness this week.

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 previous record of 743 was achieved by Welton Baptist Church and the community of Midsomer Norton in Somerset on December 2 2011.

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