Visitors To City Festival Book A World Reading Record

WORLD RECORD STORYTELLING ATTEMPT Taking part in the World Record Storytelling Attempt at Peace in  the Park.     4 June 2011

WORLD RECORD STORYTELLING ATTEMPT Taking part in the World Record Storytelling Attempt at Peace in the Park. 4 June 2011

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A WORLD record was broken during a festival in a Sheffield park as 281 adults read aloud to 346 children.

Parents and carers were asked to join the Big Read as part of Peace in the Park, which has been running every year since 2003 at the Ponderosa in Netherthorpe.

The mass reading session was organised by charity Self Help Africa, which spent weeks drumming up support from local schools and groups, and beat a record set last year in Burton-upon-Trent when 255 adults read aloud to children.

Conceived in response to the Iraq war, the festival has grown into a major free community event, featuring bands, music workshops, children’s activities, arts, craft and food stalls and graffiti art. Last Saturday it attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors

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.”

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