Musical duo take on 24-hour challenge

The poster for the 24-hour buskathon event.
The poster for the 24-hour buskathon event.

North Northumberland-based Derek Allan, a former Gazette diarist, has teamed up with fellow North East musician Sam Gibson to take part in a series of music-based charity endurance challenges.

The first is to take place from 4pm on Friday, August 8, to 4pm on Saturday, August 9, and is a 24-hour buskathon. The aim is to have 24 solid hours of non-stop live acoustic music.

The event will be run like an open-mic night so any musicians/performers are invited to come along to perform and support the cause.

Derek and Sam will be there for the entire 24 hours so if no other musicians turn up they are ready and willing to play the whole day and night between them.

Rotosound have very kindly donated acoustic guitar strings for this event so nobody needs to worry about snapped strings.

People are invited to come and enjoy the music or play and join in the 24-hour party.

The audience are encouraged to throw money for the musicians busker-style and there will also be raffles, tombolas and domino cards on the day.

All proceeds are to go to Diabetes UK and online donations can be made at

The event will be held at Dinnington Social Club, NE13 7JT, to the north of Newcastle.