Official confirmation has just been received from the Guinness Book of Records for the largest human Olympic rings attempt on Crosby beach on June 1. This has been verified and accepted by Guinness with a total of 5,963 people taking part – a new world record.

Pupils from more than 51 schools in Sefton took part in the world record attempt to celebrate the Olympic Torch relay passing through the borough.

They formed the Olympic Rings logo on the beach wearing t-shirts matching the famous yellow, black, red, green and blue hoops in an event organised by Sefton Council and watched by thousands and the national media.

Sefton’s world record attempt was registered with Guinness and convincingly beat the previous record of 2,234 people who formed the five Olympic rings in Royal Victoria Park, Bath in May.

In an email sent by Guinness it said: Congratulations! Your record has been approved. The largest human Olympic rings consists of 5,963 participants and was achieved by Sefton Schools (UK), in Crosby, Sefton, Merseyside, UK, on 1 June 2012.

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

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “June 1 was a remarkable day in Sefton for all the right reasons.

“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.”

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