Students and staff took part in a seven-hour drum marathon to decide who had the best drum skills at the school.

Some 25 pupils from King Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey took part in the drumathon that saw them produce a continuous barrage of beats.

The drumming continued throughout lunchtime when staff took part in a “drum-off” when they pitched their drumming skills against each other in a fun knockout contest.

English teacher Miss Bhamra recieved the staff trophy from Waltham Abbey Mayor Mick Fitch who described the day as a "wonderful event".

Also in attendance was Peter Lovell, from Essex Music Services, who praised the work and effort of both students and staff who wore Drumathon T-shirts designed by Head of Music Di Russell.

Event organiser Stuart Springthorpe said: "Our aim was to raise several hundred pounds for much needed new drum equipment.

“It looks like we have doubled and possibly tripled that amount through the efforts of the students and I am very proud of their tenacity and dedication to the event. They have worked so hard.

"The staff have also been fantastic and I think many people have now taken the drums to their heart, which highlights what a fun and important instrument it is."

Year 7 student Ryan Locke, who was one of the students taking part, said: "Playing drums help me take away any stress and anger I am feeling, they make me feel good."