At 11.50am UK time today the people of Liverpool smashed a Guinness World Record and in doing so celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles debut single ‘Love Me Do’ in unique style.
|The crowds at the Pier Head for the record attempt
Instigated by the city’s award-winning Beatles Story attraction with the support of Liverpool City and the Albert Dock, 1631 people sang their hearts out on a cold October morning smashing the previous record set by a group in Chicago, USA in October 2011. Their backdrop? The city’s iconic Liver Building of course.
The record – the most people singing ‘in a round’ – previous stood at 897. ‘A round’ is where two groups sing exactly the same melody with each group beginning at different times so that different parts of the melody coincide in the different voices.
|The 'Beatles' help to conduct the choirs!
|Some of the school-children singing and
dancing to the Beatles!
There was even a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary attending who’d had ‘Love Me Do’ as their first wedding dance!
Jerry Goldman, MD of The Beatles Story, who helped organize the event said;
“What a magnificent way for Liverpool to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut single of the world’s most influential group. The choirs were amazing, the schools were superb and the people who travelled from all over the world to be part of this event did us all proud.
|Cheers when the news is announced that the
World Record has been smashed!
“We smashed a Guinness World Record on the biggest ever anniversary of the Beatles music and that has now gone down in musical history.”
|Jerry Goldman displaying the certificate
confirming the new World Record!
Jennifer John from Liverpool’s Sense of Sound, who organized the singers said,
“It has been a stressful few weeks ensuring that all the schools and choirs in and around Liverpool had the chance to take part in musical history. But every single person did us proud. I was so impressed by the 1631 members of the public who came down and swelled the crowd with their voices. It’s a shame that it only lasted three minutes but now we have the Guinness World Record to remember it all by.”