Royal Marines musicians have been drumming up support for a major world record attempt by playing the drums for 24 hours straight.
Nine members of the Corps of Drums picked up their drumsticks at 7.15pm on Thursday night, and didn’t put them down again until the same time yesterday evening.
The event saw £2,000 raised for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
It comes ahead of a world record attempt later this year, where Royal Marines musicians will try to break the world record for the longest continuous drum roll.
Sergeant Bugler Russell Piner, 35, of Gosport, was one of those who took part.
He said: ‘Staying here overnight was a lot fun, the night watchman kept telling everyone ghost stories about the place.
‘It’s been a good chance for us to rehearse for our world record attempt later this year.
‘The mental aspect of keeping it going is quite difficult and it’s important not to do anything too strenuous for too long.’
All of the fundraising events are part of this year’s 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.
The current world record for the longest continuous drum roll stands at 28 hours, 19 minutes, and three seconds.
The Royal Marines are hoping to top that time, and push ahead even further for a record of 64 hours.
In order to take part in the world record attempt, the musicians have to have played two drum rolls for 20 minutes at some point previously, to prove they are up to the challenge.
Royal Marines Corps Bugler Major AJ Piner said everything is being looked at including what to do in the event of a broken or dropped drumstick.
‘Playing a 20-minute drum roll takes a fair bit of stamina,’ said Maj Piner.
‘This has been a great way for everyone to rehearse for their world record attempt and raise money for a good cause at the same time.’
The drumathon took place at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.
Donations to the Corps of Drums fundraising effort can be made online at justgiving.com/RMCOD1664.
You can also text STIX64 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.