Dereham drummers are Guinness World Record-breakers!

Drummers at JDT Music Academy in Dereham have set a new World Record of drumming for 80 hours, 2 min

Drummers at JDT Music Academy in Dereham have set a new World Record of drumming for 80 hours, 2 minutes and 38 seconds. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

They've done it!

Champagne is flowing in Dereham after Guinness World Records finally gave the nod to a drumming marathon record attempt.

Five drummers from JDT Music Academy spent a gruelling 80-plus hours at their drum kits in the summer.

Janel Spalding, Aaron Houseago, Ryan Murray, Holly Jones and Lorraine Dorrington spent four days and three nights without sleep and only a few comfort and food breaks while continuously drumming over the August bank holiday weekend.

Their attempt was their final bid for glory following a rejected claim for 66 hours a year ago and involved recording the whole 80 hours, and having a rota of independent witnesses.

The email from the Records Management Team arrived at 11.45am this morning saying: 'We are thrilled to inform you that your application for longest marathon drumming by a team has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder!

'You will shortly receive one Guinness World Records certificate in the post.

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'Congratulations, you are Officially Amazing!'

Nia Howe, who co-ordinated the record attempt, said when the email arrived 'a weird scream just came out of nowhere!'

She added that without the support from their 'incredible community' the record would not have happened.

* Read more about their reaction to their record-breaking marathon and how they did it in tomorrow's EDP.

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