SOUTHCOURT Baptist Church is aiming to beat a Guinness World Record this weekend – by joining with other churches and attempting to break the record for the largest number of people singing Christmas carols at the same time.
The attempt takes place on Sunday at 7pm.
Mark Datson, of Southcourt Baptist Church, said: “We would love it if the record attempt led to more people hearing about the real meaning of Christmas.”
“The main service will start at 6pm and will be similar to other carol services we have held in the past, complete with candlelight, a variety of carols, readings, and a choir.
“Then at 7pm we’ll be participating in the actual World Record attempt, with 15 minutes of uninterrupted carol singing happening simultaneously with the other venues to comply with the rules.
“We’ve got independent witnesses lined up to count how many people are present, and we’ll need to get evidence back to the national organisers in the way of photos and video recordings so everything can be verified.
“We’ll be serving coffee and mince pies afterwards, as everyone is bound to be thirsty after all that singing.
“Carols will include Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
“The existing record was set in December 2009 when 14,100 participants sang in three venues across London to celebrate the premier of Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
This year organisers hope to get 15,000 participants.