CHILDREN across the area are hoping they have broken a world record after taking part in a huge sing-along.
Pupils at nine schools in the Portsmouth area took part in the Sign2Sing record attempt yesterday.
They are hoping to be among the largest group of people to sing a song while communicating the lyrics through sign language at the same time.
At 2.45pm, pupils at Copnor Infant School in Portsmouth sat down in their school hall to begin the song, called Sign2Sing, at the same time as the other schools.
Headteacher Sue Hurley said: ‘It’s something a bit different for the children to do. It’s something that has brought them lots of enjoyment.
‘Watching them singing gave me a real sense of pride.’
Staff at the schools will have to send off copies of their attendance registers and video evidence to prove how many children took part.
The event was held to raise cash and awareness for SignHealth, a charity which helps deaf people.
Youngsters already set a world record last year, when 114,277 children took part in another SignHealth sing-along.
This year they are hoping to involve more than 175,000 pupils across the country.
Daniel Lace, seven, was one of the pupils who took part at Copnor Infant School.
He said: ‘Learning the sign language wasn’t easy but it wasn’t hard. I liked it because it was a bit different.’
Millie Packham, seven, added: ‘I really liked it. Learning it was fun.’
Other schools around the area which took part in the attempt include: Cliffdale Primary School in Portsmouth; Holbrook Primary School in Gosport; Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School in Lee-on-the-Solent; Lyndhurst Junior School in Portsmouth; Peel Common Nursery and Infant School in Gosport; Penhale Infant School in Fratton; and Stamshaw Infant School in Portsmouth.
Students at Highbury College in Cosham also took part.