O Come All Ye Faithful to record bid

Carol Singing World record attempt sisters Eleanor (left) and Phillippa Parnell.
Carol Singing World record attempt sisters Eleanor (left) and Phillippa Parnell.
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A Blackpool church was packed to the rafters with carol singers hoping to smash a Guinness World record for the largest number of people carol singing at one time.

Parishioners at Christ Church with All Saints church on Palatine Road fine tuned their vocal chords for the challenge.

The record currently stands at 14,100 and churches across the UK hope to beat this by having more than 15,000 people joining in with 15 minutes of carolling.

And more than 80 adults and dozens of children did their bit by singing five classic carols in just 15 minutes.

The record breakers sang Silent Night, Oh Come all Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald and Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.

Blackpool Council’s deputy leader, Fred Jackson, and Catherine Woodall, head of Revoe Community Primary adjudicated.

Music group member, John Dent said: “It was excellent, the church was full, we had more in than we usually would because of the record attempt.

“There were 81 adults but a lot of children, unfortunately they couldn’t officially take part, but it was really nice having young faces in the congregation.

“We don’t know if we broke the record but I think around 22,000 signed up across the UK.”