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Glasgow University's 'new record' for Auld Lang Syne

more than 200 international students "record" attempt of singing the same song in a number of different languages
Staff and students at Glasgow University sang Auld Lang Syne in 41 languages

A university claims to have set a new world record for the greatest number of people singing the same song in different languages simultaneously.

Staff and students at Glasgow University sang Auld Lang Syne in 41 languages, including Gaelic, Czech, Estonian, Esperanto, Latin and Thai.

More than 200 people at the university made the attempt to celebrate St Andrew's day.

Auld Lang Syne was written by Robert Burns in 1788.

It was later set to the tune of a Scottish folk song.

The event took place to mark the end of the Hunterian Museum's Homecoming Burns exhibition.

University principal Anton Muscatelli said: "We are delighted that so many international staff and students of the University of Glasgow helped make this new world record possible.

"Singing Robert Burns' international anthem was a fitting way to end the year of Homecoming."

Other languages sung at the event were: Persian, Arabic, Malay, Vietnamese, Frisian, Hindi, Urdu, Irish Gaelic, Romanian, Scots, Welsh, Ukrainian, Yoruba, Swahili, Catalan, Bangla, Maori, Chichewa, Georgian, and Igbo.



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