Reading record is signed and sealed

WORLD RECORD STORYTELLING ATTEMPT Taking part in the World Record Storytelling Attempt at Peace in  the Park.
WORLD RECORD STORYTELLING ATTEMPT Taking part in the World Record Storytelling Attempt at Peace in the Park.
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A TRIP to a Sheffield park landed hundreds of adults and children in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Parents and carers were asked to join the Big Read event during Sheffield’s ‘Peace in the Park’ arts and music festival - which needed to gather more than 255 adults to read aloud to their children at the same time.

The event was organised by charity Self Help Africa, which spent weeks drumming up support from local schools and groups.

The last world record was set in Burton-upon-Trent in November 2010, when 255 adults read aloud to children at exactly the same time - and Sheffield’s attempt smashed their record with 281 adults taking part and 346 children.

Everyone involved received a certificate to mark their record-breaking achievement.

The Peace in the Park festival at the Ponderosa park, Netherthorpe, proved a smash hit with music-lovers and attracted its biggest ever crowd this year.

Around 10,000 visitors flocked to hear bands and artists performing for free.

Groups of music lovers crowded around the stages dotted around the park while others listened to the tunes while soaking up the sun on the grass outside.

Friends, couples, families and groups of students packed the park when the sun was at its hottest in the early part of the afternoon, and even when the weather turned cooler the crowds remained.

Organiser Gareth Roberts said: “It was a huge success and is getting bigger and better every year.

“This year the weather certainly played its part, but even last year when it was wet and cold the crowd was still around 6,000 strong.

“It was good to see the event bringing together people from different communities.”

Peace in the Park is a community arts and music festival put on every year by a committee of volunteers who raise money all year round to stage the free event.

It started in 2003 as a form of protest against the war in Iraq and its aim is to promote peace in the world.

In addition to music there were stalls set up by local traders selling items including jewellery and clothing as well as refreshments.

For the children there were activities set up around the ark’s play area including a junior assault course and biscuit decorating.

Arts and craft activities were also dotted around the park and there were holistic therapies on offer including massages and accupressure.

There were also a number of workshops held, including Zumba, yoga for children, hand massage and junk percussion.

Graffiti artists also demonstrated their skills as did salsa dancers and circus performers.

Mum Jess Elmore, who attended the festival with her young son, said: “I had never been to it before but had heard about it and thought I would give it a go and I was really impressed.

“There were lots for the children to do, including the world record attempt and my son liked watching the drumming.”

Jo Davies, who took her three-year-old daughter Rose to the event said: “We come every year - I really like the feeling and vibe of the day - there is a nice, chilled-out, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

“There are lots of different things for the children to try and we want to take park in the reading world record attempt because it will be something good for children to look back on.

“The festival is a good way of getting children out of the house and into the fresh air where they can mix with people from different communities.”

Lindsay Stroughair said: “I really enjoyed it and love the city centre location.

“For me its all about the good, chilled atmosphere you get at music festivals so it’s great to have one on our doorstep.”