Children in schools across London read their way into the history books earlier this week after taking part in the world's largest reading lesson.

Teachers in primary and secondary schools across the capital coordinated their English classes on the dot at 10am on Monday as 2, 735 participants sat down for exactly the same lesson.

Twenty-seven schools took part in the event, easily surpassing the target of ten required under the rules for the record.

The half-hour class was based around the book Born To Run, by children's author Michael Morpurgo,

Mr Morpurgo, whose book War Horse was recently turned into a Hollywood movie, gave his backing to the record attempt.

He said: "I am honoured that my book was chosen for this event - it is really wonderful.

"I love the fact that the children tried for a world record - I am all for things that get people reading and make it fun and exciting."

Also showing support for the event was Four Weddings and a Funeral Actor Simon Callow who visited Globe Primary school in Tower Hamlets during the attempt and donated 40 tickets to pupils for his current play Being Shakespeare.

Nicola Byrne, assistant headteacher at St Mary's School in Battersea which also took part in the event said: "Our children can't quite believe they will make it into the Guinness Book of World Records."

The record-breaking event formed part of London & Partners' World Record London attempt to set over 20 Guinness World Records in the capital and was also backed by local newspaper the Evening Standard which is running a campaign to raise literacy levels across the UK's capital.

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