Hackney drummers celebrate their award

Pandemonium drummers Mary and Aileen

Pandemonium drummers Mary and Aileen - Credit: Archant

Hackney members of a volunteer drumming group who performed at the London 2012 Olympics are making noise after winning an award.

The Pandemonium Drummers were named winners of the Mayor of London special achievement award for continuing the volunteer legacy of last year’s games at the Team London awards at City Hall on November 25. The drummers are part of the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme Team London.

The 965-strong amateur drumming group, aged between 18 and 93, performed during the Industrial Revolution segment of the opening ceremony and also acted as athlete marshals during the Parade of Nations.

After the Olympics, many of them continued to perform on a regular basis.

Aileen Nurse, of Lansdowne Drive in London Fields and Mary Impey, who works for Linden Children’s Centre in Rectory Road, Stoke Newington were ecstatic after picking up the award.


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Ms Nurse said: “It’s great to have won. We have had more than a 100 gigs playing for charities and voluntary organisations.

“It’s great fun. It’s fantastic. There’s a great spirit of camaraderie in the group.”

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