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When Diss Scouts and Guides sang their way into the record books

PUBLISHED: 11:50 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:32 21 February 2019

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

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Youngsters were in fine voice as an attempt to break a record saw a marathon sing-a-long in Diss Park.

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryChildren from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

The camp fire burned for 27 hours as Diss Scouts and Guides sang their way into the record books in June 1996 as these pictures from our archives prove.

The youngsters launched their charity fund-raiser at 9am on the Saturday and achieved their target at noon on Sunday.

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryChildren from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Delighted guider Heather Green told us at the time: “We held the record four years ago when we sang around the camp fire for 24 hours. But we know another group has since done 26 hours.”

Tents were pitched at Diss Park, where the event was launched by town mayor, Alison Edwards. Proceeds were for a baby heart monitor for the town’s health centre, and for group funds.

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryChildren from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

About 80 children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part. Were you one of them?

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryChildren from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

Children from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant LibraryChildren from the 2nd Diss Salvation Army Scouts and Guides Group took part in a 27 hour sing-a-long at Diss Park, 8 June 1996. Photo: Archant Library

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