Champagne on ice as DJs wait for Guinness

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RECORD-BREAKING radio DJs say they are eagerly awaiting confirmation that their marathon 53-hour stint behind the microphone is official.

Community radio presenters Bill Horncastle and Dave Henderson celebrated the end of their mammoth broadcasting session by showering each other in champagne, but they have put further celebrations on ice until they are given the news they are waiting for from Guinness.

The pair, who work for Market Weighton-based Vixen 101, took on the sleep-deprived task to mark the town’s annual Giant Bradley Day celebrations. A record of 52 hours had been set earlier in the year by BBC Radio One DJ Chris Moyles during Comic Relief, so the pair of local DJs decided to better it by an hour.

During the successful attempt, they played 600 songs all by different artists and attracted listeners from around the world.

To meet the exacting requirements for Guinness World Records, Bill and Dave were videoed throughout the 53 hours and their marathon was witnessed by independent witnesses throughout, who logged their breaks.

Bill, from Holme-on-Spalding Moor, said: “It is something I am proud to have done, but it is something I have no intention of ever doing again.

Dave, of Market Weighton, added: “I have known Bill for more than 30 years and I couldn’t have done this with any other presenter. We’d like to thank the witnesses, sponsors and supporters for all the help they gave.

“We couldn’t have managed this without them.”

Bill added: “Towards the end of the marathon, we did a live link to the outside broadcast at Giant Bradley Day and for me the most surreal moment of the whole event took place at 2pm – Jo from the Griffin pub brought in Sunday lunch and we were sitting at the desk eating, trying to do an outside broadcast followed by a band playing while Studio 1 was full of people watching us through the window!

“Without the support and encouragement of Facebook friends right around the world, we wouldn’t have been able to see this through. Thank you one and all.”

Despite not having confirmation from Guinness yet, an updated entry has been posted on the Wikipedia internet page about Chris Moyles, giving reference to Vixen 101.