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Thursday 18 September 2014

Video: 5,500 people make a song and dance for Foyle Hospice and new world record

Two years old Tom Kelly from Fahan
Two years old Tom Kelly from Fahan
Eileen Kelly and Margaret McConnell-Logue
Eileen Kelly and Margaret McConnell-Logue
The cast of almost five and a half thousand people

It can be a Hard Knock Life, but thousands of people had plenty to cheer in Londonderry at the weekend as they sang and danced their way into the record books.

Almost 5,500 helped to smash the record for the biggest song and dance routine by performing a number from the hit musical Annie.

The event was aimed at raising thousands of pounds for the Foyle Hospice.

People crammed into Ebrington Square from noon, and the event had to be delayed for an hour because of the swell of late entrants.

The attendance still has to be officially confirmed by Guinness and will not be known for several weeks. No one taking part had any doubt the record had been broken, with adjudicator Martin Mullan announcing they had smashed the previous best of around 4,500 participants.

Sandra Biddle from the Foyle School of Speech and Drama, who helped teach people the steps, said she was delighted.

"I am so proud of the Derry public who came out," she said.

"They knew we were worried about numbers earlier in the week, but here we are with over 5,000."

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