Harrison Ford and Tom Hardy help Portsmouth marines launch drum record bid

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IT sounds like an impossible feat – but a group of Royal Marines musicians are determined to play their way into the record books.

A corps of drums made up of buglers from five royal marine bands, including ones from Portsmouth and Fareham, along with the Royal Marines School of Music, are attempting to break the world record for the longest collective drum roll.

Hollywood actor Tom Hardy (left), and Harrison Ford (right) seen here with two Royal Marines buglers either side.  Picture: PO (Phot) Derek Wade

Hollywood actor Tom Hardy (left), and Harrison Ford (right) seen here with two Royal Marines buglers either side. Picture: PO (Phot) Derek Wade

The challenge is part of celebrations marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines, and in an effort to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

The current record stands at 28 hours, 19 minutes and three seconds, but the musicians want to go the extra mile and drum their way to the 64-hour mark as the marines has its origins traced back to 1664.

They began last night and plan to play continuously until Saturday morning, and the public will also be given the chance to try a bit of drumming.

Launching their attempt at the Tower of London were Hollywood stars Tom Hardy, a huge supporter of the Royal Marines, and Harrison Ford.

Mr Ford, who has been confirmed as one of the cast members for Star Wars VII, was there to meet Mr Hardy and decided to also back the cause.

Corporal Bugler Stuart Warmington, who came up with the challenge, said: ‘I am overwhelmed with how the idea has grown.

‘Originally it was going to take place in a car park in Portsmouth, and now here we are at the Tower of London.

‘We really hope to reach our £166,400 target for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who do such incredible work on a daily basis.’

Richard Kenworthy, head of fundraising at the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, said: ‘Fundraising like this is so important to our work supporting past and present Royal Marines and their families.

‘We have an ambitious target of raising £6m by the end of the year which we sincerely hope we meet so we can continue to help those in need.’

Mr Hardy, who has starred in Star Trek: Nemesis, RocknRolla and Batman, said: ‘As a huge supporter of the Royal Marines, I wanted to show my continued support to these professionals in their 350th year and it is an honour to be invited to start this epic challenge.’

· Video footage courtesy of the Royal Navy