School joins in attempt to teach the world to sign

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CHILDREN from a Portsmouth school will be taking part in a world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously.

Pupils at Cliffdale Primary School, Battenburg Avenue, will be joining in with the sign2sing event organised by charity SignHealth.

Young people from all over the country and overseas will learn to sign The New Seekers 1970s song I’d like to Teach the World to Sing.

Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, said: ‘Our Guinness World Record’s sign2sing project is an attempt to break the world record for the most people singing and signing a song at the same time.

‘More than 380 schools have signed up and we’re delighted Cliffdale Primary School is involved with the event, too.

‘The current world record is 13,418 people so it looks likely that we’ll smash this, while also raising awareness of deafness and the work we are doing at SignHealth.

‘The event will also be a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a suggested donation of £2 for everyone taking part.

Steve added: “The group has re-recorded their hit single especially for sign2sing and are lending their support to the event.’

The event takes place on Wednesday, February 9 at 2.45pm.

SignHealth, is a healthcare charity for deaf people and it provides health-related services for deaf people.

Registration for sign2sing 2011 has closed, but the charity is hoping to organise the event again next year.

For more information about next year’s event call 01494 687600 or visit