Northern Irish Children Set New World Record
Three thousand children from Magherafelt in Northern Ireland set a new world record this week as they joined together to form the famous Olympic rings. Pupils from 31 schools across the Magherafelt council area took part in the Guinness book of records event with the largest number of people forming the famous Olympic rings. Magherafelt was one of the places visited by the torch on its last day in Northern Ireland before it left for Scotland.
The record was in honour of the Olympic torch’s arrival in the Co Derry town and surrounding areas on June 7. The rings record was just part of the celebrations to mark the torch’s local show on its epic journey throughout the UK and Ireland.
Davina McCartney of Magherafelt council’s Olympic organising team said: "There has been a really big cross community effort with 3,000 children from primary and secondary schools wanting to get involved.
We’ll have a helicopter taking an aerial shot of our attempt at the Meadowbank Sports Arena on the morning of June 7."