Rain or shine, this logo holds the record

Rain or shine, this logo holds the record
Umbrellas raised and at the ready, some 3,000 participants wait for the signal to open them to form Singapore's largest SG50 logo. Young and old took part, including Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, PM Lee and Senior Minister of State (Finance and Transport) Josephine Teo.

More than 3,000 students and residents of Bishan North hoisted red and white umbrellas yesterday to form Singapore's largest SG50 logo.

Held at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park, the event, which made it into the Singapore Book of Records, was led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It was part of the constituency's celebrations for Singapore's jubilee year.

There was also a carnival with game booths, a bouncy castle for kids and roaming stilt-walkers.

Organising committee chairman Dave Teo said the event took almost a year to plan, and involved 300 grassroots volunteers.

Speaking to the crowd before the record-breaking attempt, Mr Lee said: "There is one record which we have set, which I don't think is in the Guinness Book (of Records) and they don't have such a category - and that is the most successful nation-building experience."

He noted how, over the years, Ang Mo Kio and Bishan have transformed from pig farms, kampungs and cemeteries into housing estates with plenty of greenery.

"I hope we will work hard over the next 50 years," he said.

This article was first published on Feb 1, 2015.
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