Giant cracker pulls in cash for Japanese drums

Imagine trying to pull this across the table during Christmas dinner!

One Shropshire family is going to have all hands on deck after winning it in a raffle prize at Thomas Adams School, Wem.

The specially made prize is 5ft long and stuffed full of Christmas goodies.

It was made by Martin Fischer of the drumming group Taiko In The Community, a Japanese-style drumming group, which needs to raise £10,000 for new equipment.

Mr Fischer, chairman of Taiko in the community, said: “Over the years funding has dropped and we now have to fund ourselves.

“There are currently 60 drummers at the group and it is increasing in popularity, we have drummers aged from 11 to 75. It really is getting more and more popular.

“We need to raise money to replace our big barrel drums – Mia drums – which are 15 years old now. They get a lot of use so we really need to replace them.”

There are currently two adult and two school children groups which meet every Monday evening during term time.

The raffle of the cracker - which took a weekend to make - was one way of raising funds.

Mr Fischer added: “The raffle competition has raised more than £400 which is great.

“The cracker was fun to make but it was a lot of hard work, I have never created one before but it was well received and a lot of people were interested so I think I will do it again.”

The winner of the giant cracker was Emma Charles, of Shawbury.

Head teacher of the school, Liz Dakin, said: “We love having the drumming group here.

“A lot of the pupils are inspired by what they see and it is great to have seen them grow over the years.

“They are a real asset and we are proud to be able to support them, we will support their fundraising campaign in any way we can as we want to see them continue to thrive and entertain people in the community of Wem, Shropshire and beyond.”


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