Singing Hampshire children break a record

Students at Portsmouth Grammar School

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HUNDREDS of under-fives across the region who joined forces to simultaneously sing a children’s favourite are celebrating the news that they have broken a world record.

The Chatterbox Challenge event saw 4,727 children in the UK sing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – smashing the previous record of 1,461.

It was organised by children’s communication charity, I Can, and raised £95,000 for children who struggle with speech, language and communication skills.

More than 70 children gathered at St Thomas More’s Pre-School, in Havant, to take part in the sing-along back in March.

And a group of 14 children from St Jude’s Church Nursery, in Southsea, were among the 102 singing the song at Cascades Shopping Centre, in Portsmouth.

In Waterlooville, 53 children from the Acorn Centre, in Wecock, took part, as did 88 in Padnell Infants, Cowplain. A further 104 kids took part in Woodcroft Primary, Cowplain.

Virginia Beardshaw, I Can chief executive, congratulated the children. She said: ‘You are all part of a winning team that will help give children the start they deserve.’