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Urdd to attempt World Record online sing-along as part of 100th birthday celebrations

25 Nov 2021 3 minutes Read
Mr Urdd and the Urdd’s Chief Executive Siân Lewis

Wales’s largest national youth movement will attempt to break a Guinness world record attempt for the biggest online sing-along as part of its centenary celebrations.

In two months’ time, on January 25, Urdd Gobaith Cymru will hold its 100th birthday party.

The Urdd will attempt to win the Guinness World Records title by singing ‘Hei Mistar Urdd’ together and uploading videos of the iconic song onto Twitter and Facebook.

They will attempt to grab the record for the highest number of videos of people singing a song to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter in an hour.

A special party will be held for schools in Wales in the company of the Stwnsh Sadwrn presenters, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales.

Siân Lewis, the Urdd’s Chief Executive said that the last two years had been extremely challenging for the Urdd but that they were “rebuilding”.

“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to close our camps and our regular community, sporting and cultural activities had to stop,” she said.

“However, we are rebuilding, and the year of our centenary will be one to remember, with the plans of every department reflecting our spirit and ambition.

“We are also making a significant investment in our camps and there will be three exciting openings in 2022; the opening of the first environmental camp of its kind in Wales at Pentre Ifan, Pembrokeshire; the opening of the Heart of the Centre in Llangrannog; and the opening of the new Water Centre at Glan-llyn.”

Flag

To attend the Urdd’s Birthday Party and to join the two Guinness World Records title attempts, you need to register on the Urdd website: www.urdd.cymru/100.

As schools and organisations register, they will appear on a map on the centenary website, where videos and party resources are available to all. In addition to attending the party, the Urdd has invited partners, businesses, schools and organisations throughout Wales to mark the centenary by waving the Urdd flag on 25 January.

The Welsh Parliament, St Fagans Folk Museum, Big Pit and the National Waterfront Museum, along with many other iconic buildings in Wales, have already committed to waving the Urdd flag, and a flag can be ordered through the Urdd website.

More centenary activities will be announced over the next few months on the centenary website www.urdd.cymru/100

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