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An informal choir of more than 1,600 people have set a new world record in the Beatles’ home city of Liverpool on the 50th anniversary of the release of the band’s first hit.

They met to sing rounds of Love Me Do – where different voices sing the same melody at different times.

The achievement was confirmed by Guiness World Records.

“I am absolutely delighted. First of all because of the turnout, and the enthousiam. And the fact that we did it in the first attempt,” said Jennifer John of Liverpool’s Sense of Sound choir.

The event was one of a continuous programme this year to mark 50 years of the Beatles.

This week has also seen the DVD release of a remastered version of their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour.

Largely improvised in the English countryside, along with the Sergeant Pepper album it marked a change of direction for the Beatles at the height of their career.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

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