You did it! Annie World record is official

The crowd at the world record attempt in March.
The crowd at the world record attempt in March.

The 5,678 people who took part in the Annie World Record attempt at Ebrington in March - are now official world record breakers - the ‘Journal’ can reveal.

Guinness World Records have verified that Derry now holds the title for the ‘Largest Song and Dance Routine.’

The record was set on March 2 this year when local woman Sandra Biddle persuaded more than five thousand peeople to take part in an unforgettable rendition of ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life.’

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ Sandra Biddle: “What a great week we are all having here in our beautiful city.

“To add to this positive story, we were officially notified last night from Guinness that our world record attempt has been verified and Derry now holds the record for the largest song and dance routine.

“This record is for our children who sang and danced their way into everyone’s hearts and now the record books.

“Thank you to everyone who took part and to our young people. What a great legacy for our city.”

The world record attempt was organised by the Foyle School of Speech and drama in association with Foyle Hospice.

Michelle Mc Ginn, Community Fundraiser, Foyle Hospice said: “We have done it!!!!!!… It has been confirmed by the officials at Guinness World Records that we have smashed the current record for the largest song and dance routine in one location. We needed 4501 people to take part but to our amazement the final number who turned out on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Ebrington Square was 5,678.

“This is a great achievement for all who took part and it is wonderful that we are able to share this news in the week that our city is holding the Fleadh cheoil. We would like to thank all who took part and all who supported this event.”

Roma Downey who sponsored the event said: “This is brilliant news. Go Sandra, you did it girl, so proud of you, congrats! Love and light.”