A Bideford man is hoping to break the world record for the longest non-stop bass-playing session.

Mark Edwards is planning to play for 50 hours to break the current world record of 40 hours, set in 2013.

He intends to do so at a special charity event at the Fairway Buoy in Westward Ho! on Good Friday (March 30).

During his epic play, Mark hopes to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

He said: “There is a very strict criteria to adhere to but basically I have to play recognised songs non-stop to a ‘reasonable standard’.

“I am allowed five minutes’ rest for every hour played, which I can store up if I wish.

“The event must be filmed throughout and I need two different witnesses for every four hours.”

Mark’s eldest son, Ryan, will be helping him stream the event live on Facebook, and his youngest son Danny will be helping out with relief cover.

Mark said: “Many thanks to Rob Braddick who has kindly allowed me to play at the Fairway Buoy throughout the 50 hours and will enable me to continue playing even when the pub shuts.

“I have drawn on my years of local band playing to come up with 80 songs, particularly from my current time with Morning Glory and back in the 90s with Strange Brew, although I have also added plenty of new songs.

“I don’t profess to be anything more than a pub bass player, but this record is really all about pain and endurance as always.”

For the last three years, Mark has undertaken a non-stop walk for CHSW, with the latest in 2017 clocking 138 miles in 52 hours.

He added: “The main target will be to get past the 40 hour record but I will do everything I humanly can to last 50 hours.”

Josh Allan, community fundraiser at CHSW’s Little Bridge House, said: “We will be supporting Mark all the way with this amazing challenge.

“He is such an inspiring fundraiser, he always goes that extra mile and we are in awe of the challenges he sets himself to help raise funds for us.”

Sponsor Mark at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bassathon