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Sefton children 'break Olympic human ring world record'

Olympic rings Crosby beach
Image caption 5,963 children wore t-shirts matching the yellow, black, red, green and blue Olympic rings

Around 6,000 Merseyside children have become world record breakers after forming the world's largest human Olympic rings on Crosby beach.

The children, from 51 schools in Sefton, were marking the Olympic torch passing through the area on 1 June.

Sefton Council said Guinness had confirmed that 5,963 people took part - creating a new world record.

They formed the Olympic logo wearing t-shirts matching the yellow, black, red, green and blue rings.

Copies of the official Guinness certificate are now being sent to the schools involved confirming they are world record holders.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: "The world record attempt capped off an unbelievable day and it is so pleasing to hear that the world record attempt has now been officially confirmed by Guinness.

"Having nearly 6,000 people on Crosby beach forming the Olympic rings is a sight I, and many other people, will never forget."

Sefton's world record attempt beat the previous record of 2,234 people who formed the five Olympic rings in Royal Victoria Park, Bath in May.

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