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Students from a Bury St Edmunds primary school took part in a massive virtual sing-a-long, attempting to break a Guinness world record in the process.

In collaboration with Young Voices, pupils from Howard Community Academy sang Lovely Day by Bill Withers in their separate class bubbles last Thursday.

They joined hundreds of thousands of other students across the country taking part in an attempt to beat the Guinness world record for the largest simultaneous sing.

Students from Howard Community Academy took part in a massive sing-a-long with the Young Voices choir. Picture: Howard Community Academy.
Students from Howard Community Academy took part in a massive sing-a-long with the Young Voices choir. Picture: Howard Community Academy.

Whether the young singers have actually beaten the previous world record, held by the Young Voice Choir, is yet to be announced.

The Young Voices concert is usually held at the O2 in London and features a number of choirs from across the country, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, it had to be held virtually this year.

Alison Weir, Howard Primary Academy headteacher, said: “There were lots of smiles and giggles.

Students sung Bill Withers' Lovely Day. Picture: Howard Community Academy.
Students sung Bill Withers' Lovely Day. Picture: Howard Community Academy.

"It was just lovely to see that camaraderie, singing together and there was no pressure and it was just fun.”

Children from the school also had the chance to display their own artworks this Tuesday.

Parents and guardians went into the school to see the works completed by Year 3, 4 and 5 students through the eco-capabilities art project run by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination.

The artworks were a culmination of 10 weeks of work.

Howard Primary pupils also displayed artworks they had been working on earlier this week. Picture: Howard Community Academy.
Howard Primary pupils also displayed artworks they had been working on earlier this week. Picture: Howard Community Academy.

“It’s been fantastic and the confidence we have seen in the children has just hugely grown,” Alison said.

“They are so proud of themselves and so proud of what they have achieved.”

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