Vernon putting on 24-hour Status Quo disco at GER in March for Macmillan and two-year-old Tommy
PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:14 18 August 2015
A rock music fanatic is putting on a 24 hour disco for two great causes ... and it will be non-stop Status Quo music.
Vernon Harley has had the blessing of the band to stage Disquo at the GER in March, which will start at midnight on Friday, October 16 and run until midnight on the Saturday.
Status Quo have sent a signed CD to Mr Harley for a raffle and will promote the event on their website.
Proceeds from the marathon disco with a difference will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and two-year-old March boy Tommy James, who has Swan Disease (a genetic condition that doctors have so far been unable to identify).
The left-hand side of Tommy’s body is much smaller than the right, and his kidneys are fused together on one side.
He has fluid on the brain, his eyesight is affected and he has to be fed via a tube into his stomach eight times a day.
Mr Harley believes his disco could be a record breaker (the longest time Status Quo has been played continuously). He has lodged an application with the Guinness Book of World Records to verify the event and is awaiting their instructions.
He said: “It stems from my love of Status Quo. I looked through my I Tunes and worked out I’ve got a day and a half worth of their music, 480 songs.
“I had cancer in 2005 and Macmillan helped me at my lowest ebb so I want to give something back. Tommy is a local boy and it will be good to help him as well.
“The GER have kindly allowed me to use their venue and local businesses are sponsoring me as well.”
Mr Harley is setting up a website and tickets will be available in due course.