Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Davids on song in world record bid

A bid is being made for a record number of singers named David to perform the popular carol Once In Royal David's City.

Aberdeen has attempted an unusual record by gathering 121 singers named David to perform the popular carol Once In Royal David's City.

Anyone aged seven and older called David was invited to take part in the world record bid at the city's Castlegate.

Tourist officials came up with the stunt to promote Aberdeen's Christmas lights switch-on and winter festival.

With no singing experience necessary, 121 Davids, Daves and Davies turned up for the challenge and sang six verses of the carol.

Participants included a grandfather and his grandchild who share the name.

VisitAberdeen said the record attempt will be submitted to Guinness World Records but it may be a number of weeks before they find out if they were successful.

Chief executive Steve Harris said: "We're staggered at the support we've had from local Davids and their families for this record attempt.

"Getting to 100 Davids was our dream number but to get to over 120 is fantastic.

"The name David is always in the top fifty most popular names in Scotland so we were confident of a good response."

Once In Royal David's City tells the story of the birth of Jesus in a lowly cattle shed. The carol was originally written as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) who also wrote All Things Bright And Beautiful.

To take part in the record attempt every David had to show organisers some form of identification. In the case of younger participants, they had to be accompanied by their parents who provided proof of their name.

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