Beatles fans' Love Me Do sets new world singing record

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Media captionThe attempt was part of a year-long programme of events to mark 50 years of The Beatles

A choir of more than 1,600 Beatles fans gathered in Liverpool to set a new world record marking 50 years since the release of their first hit, Love Me Do.

The group met at the Pier Head at 12:00 BST to sing rounds of the song, which reached number 17 in the charts when it was released on 5 October 1962.

The record of 1,631 people singing in a round was confirmed by a Guinness World Records adjudicator.

The previous best of 897 voices was set in Chicago in 2011.

That achievement was people singing Danke Schoen, to mark the 25th anniversary of the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Singing in a round involves two or more voices singing the same melody but with one voice starting at a different time so that different parts of the tune coincide at different times.

'Record-breaking royalty'

The record-breaking attempt was created by the Beatles Story exhibition and Albert Dock and was backed by Liverpool City Council.

It was part of a year-long programme of events to mark 50 years of The Beatles.

The group was led by professional singers and included members of the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir and children from schools including Dovedale primary, Windsor Street, from Toxteth, Archbishop Beck and Archbishop Blanche.

People had travelled to join in from Canada, the United States and Japan.

One of those was Sandi Hetherington, from Pennsylvania, United States.

Image caption Love Me Do was released on 5 October 1962

She said: "We've been Beatles fans since we were children.

"We watched the Beatles when they were first televised when they were on The Ed Sullivan Show, we watched the cartoon, we have always been fans."

Marco Frigatti, head of record management at Guinness World Records, said: "The Beatles are record-breaking royalty.

"Not only are they the best-selling music group in history, the band holds the honour of being the creators of the first song ever beamed into space."

Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of the Beatles Story, said: "We wanted everybody to be able to celebrate together and we wanted the eyes of the world to be on Liverpool."

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