TO celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and his 50th birthday, Farnham runner Ian Carley and friends have set themselves the challenge of busking as The Beatles round the London Marathon, raising money for homeless people and potentially setting a world record.
Thursday, June 1, saw the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ most famous album – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – which was released on June 1 1967.
To mark the occasion Ian and his running friends have decided to run the London Marathon playing and singing Beatles’ songs, dressed as the band.
In keeping with the busking theme, Ian wants to raise money for homeless people. His local club – Blackwater Valley Runners – is involved with Aldershot-based charity Step by Step, a charity supporting young people facing homelessness.
Ian’s busking band – who has called themselves ‘Sergeant Stepper’s Homeless Hearts Club Band’ will also be raising money for Crisis.
Ian originally wanted to set himself a challenge for his 50th birthday that combined his passions of running, playing the guitar and The Beatles, but as the concept grew he is now getting a little ‘help from his friends’.
Ian commented: “I was keen to raise money for homeless people. Having run the idea past Blackwater Valley Runners they suggested Step by Step, and a number of other runners got enthusiastic about the idea and wanted to join in – hence a personal little challenge growing into a community event.
“It’s going to take 11 months to organise, practice and train, watch out for some strange people running, singing and playing instruments around the streets of Farnham and Aldershot. We are currently in discussion with The Guinness Book of Records to validate the record attempt.”
See Sergeant Stepper’s Homeless Hearts Club Band, accompanied by Blackwater Valley Runners, in the Farnham Carnival Procession on Saturday, June 24.
Keep up to date with their progress or to donate, go to www.facebook.com/BUSK68.