Bowling along in world record attempt!

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TWO men are hoping to smash a world record – by tenpin bowling non-stop for more than six days.

Dad Reece Caldwell, from Fairstead, and his friend Stephen Ridley, from Gaywood, are practising hard for the mammoth feat taking place in the autumn.

Mr Caldwell (47) bowls in the Tuesday night doubles league at Gaywood bowling venue Strikes and also in its trios league on a Monday.

“The world record is currently 120 hours and I think it is by an American guy,” said Mr Caldwell, whose wife, Mandy (49), and their son, nine-year-old Tom, will be cheering the pair on.

The bowlers have already got the go-ahead from Strikes who are also supporting them by allowing practice sessions.

“We are aiming for 150 hours,” said Mr Caldwell, adding they were organising raffles and other fund-raising to go with the attempt, had contacted MPs and received a signed photograph from Chris Evans of BBC Radio 2.

Mr Caldwell, who runs an on-line business, was prompted into action after his mother-in-law, Mrs June Bartlett, died aged 79 from cancer last year.

During her illness, Mrs Bartlett, from Sutton Bridge, had received treatment at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. “We decided we would like to raise money for equipment at the hospital,” said Mr Caldwell, adding his wife worked there as a medical secretary.

Mr Caldwell and Mr Ridley, a landscape gardener, have contacted the Guinness World Book of Records who are aware the attempt is taking place from 6pm on November 5.

The pair, who are allowed short breaks, want witnesses who are prepared to watch them bowl in four-hour shifts.

“We are hoping to raise between £5,000 and £10,000,” said Mr Caldwell, adding anyone who felt they could help could contact him on 07583 059451.


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