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Two years old Tom Kelly from Fahan who joined almost five and a half  thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Two years old Tom Kelly from Fahan who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Eileen Kelly and Margaret McConnell-Logue who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Eileen Kelly and Margaret McConnell-Logue who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Members of 1st Strabane Rainbows, Brownies and Guides  who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Members of 1st Strabane Rainbows, Brownies and Guides who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

One of the younger record breakers gets a clear view when almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hiospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

One of the younger record breakers gets a clear view when almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hiospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Alex Caldwell who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

Alex Caldwell who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

The cast of almost five and a half thousand people two set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

The cast of almost five and a half thousand people two set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

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Two years old Tom Kelly from Fahan who joined almost five and a half thousand people to set a new world record for the number of people performing a song and dance routine from the hit musical Annie in aid of the Foyle Hospice at Ebrington Square in the UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry on saturday. Picture Martin mcKeown. Inpresspics.com. 2.3.13

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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Belfast Telegraph


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