ROYAL Marines musicians have been drumming up support for an ambitious world record attempt to mark a major anniversary.
Drummers from the Royal Marines band service want to smash the record for the longest continuous drum roll to coincide with their 350th anniversary next year.
Yesterday they treated dockyard visitors to a preview of their attempt, on the day of the 349th anniversary.
They performed a five-minute drum roll outside the new Mary Rose Museum.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, the principal director of music, said: ‘They have come up with the idea to smash this world record and it will be a huge event that will capture the imagination of the country.
‘This is going to put the Royal Marines in the public eye in a big year for us.
‘One of the iconic images and sounds of the Royal Marines Band Service is its corps of drums.’
The world record attempt is one of many events planned to mark next year’s anniversary.
The current record stands at 28 hours and 19 minutes.
The corps of drums is one of the oldest branches within the Royal Marines, and was present at the formation on October 28, 1664.
Yesterday’s event marked the start of a fundraising drive to raise £166,400 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
Bugler Kerrie Silk, 26, is one of those who will be taking part in the record attempt.
She said: ‘It is a great way to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.
‘It’s quite difficult to do but I think with a bit more training we’ll be there.
‘We really want this.’
Earlier in the day, the Royal Marines’ 349th birthday was marked with the cutting of a cake at the School of Music.
The cake was decorated in RM Corps colours.
Corps Bugle Major Warrant Officer 2 AJ Piner said: ‘The guys are already starting to do some long training periods.
‘They’ll be drumming for 20 minutes at a time and one of the biggest challenges can be a lactic acid build-up.’
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.