Drummers get set for world-record attempt

IAN CLARKE It's going to be the toughest challenge we may ever face - but we are determined to be world beaters! That's the inspiring message from drummers in Dereham preparing to play non-stop for 60 hours to re-gain a world record.

IAN CLARKE

It's going to be the toughest challenge we may ever face - but we are determined to be world beaters!

That's the inspiring message from drummers in Dereham preparing to play non-stop for 60 hours to re-gain a world record.

Janel Spalding, 38, who runs the JDT Studio in Dereham, will be teaming up with Nathan Gregory, 15, Ryan Murray, 17, Steven Corrigan, 17, Phillip Barber, 18, Marcus Leuw, 20, Lara Leuw, 24 and Chris Neal, 26, for the amazing attempt, which starts at 10am on Friday.

A group from JDT set the longest drum kit marathon by a team record five years ago with 48 hours 15 minutes.

After that was broken by four hours by a team in Coventry, Janel and event organiser Nia Howe were determined to win the record back for Dereham and preparations have been going on for a year.

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Janel said: “I am confident, but it will be the hardest thing I have ever done. We have not taken this lightly but I want to be a world record holder again.”

The drummers have been coached on diet and exercise and this week will be having spa sessions and massages to get themselves ready.

Janel will get inspiration from her two-year-old son Neo, who will have a little drum kit next to hers and join her at times during the record attempt, and also from her late mum Sue, who died from cancer two weeks after they broke the record last time.

“I will have a picture of my mum beside me throughout and it is important that we are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

A minimum of 20pc of the proceeds will go the charity and they are also raising money for the studio.

The drummers can have five minutes break per completed hour and they are keen for people to go along to the studio at Charles Wood Road on the Rash's Green Industrial Estate to support and encourage them through the weekend - especially during the night.

In addition, they still need witnesses to verify the record attempt - who need to be people with “a standing” in the local community - and also medics to be on standby,

Anyone who can help can ring JDT on 01362 694817 or e-mail janels_drum_tuition@hotmail.com.

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