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Darts record on CCTV

A security company has helped put darts players in the frame for a new world record by lending them CCTV to capture the marathon event on film. The four friends are claiming they have set a new record for playing darts continuously in pairs at The Cecil Arms pub in Saltash, Cornwall, raising money for Parkinson’s UK and a local charity in the process.



The pals smashed the record of 36 continuous hours, setting a new time of 41 hours and one minute – but they need to get the record officially ratified by Guinness World Records. They asked Plymouth–based fire and security contractors Securi-Guard if they could borrow a camera system to record the event.


The company was happy to oblige and supplied an Avigilon High- Definition IP system. With a three mega pixel camera, it produces pictures of broadcast quality equivalent to 15 traditional CCTV cameras.  Engineer Adam Callaghan went to the pub beforehand to set up all the equipment for the fundraisers so they could use the footage to prove how long they played for.


One of the team members Andy Warne said: “We obviously needed to be able to capture the whole event on film so we could prove we had set the new record and this equipment was perfect for the job ,” said Andy.


“I cannot thank Securi-Guard enough for lending us the necessary equipment for the event. They even took time out to arrange for Adam to come down and set it all up for us, which was tremendous.”


Adam is now transferring the CCTV footage to an external hard drive and will send it to Guinness World Records for verification. The fundraisers hope to hear in six to eight weeks if they have been successful.


Paul Steeper, Divisional Manager Fire and Security Systems at Securi-Guard said: “Without this type of equipment it would have been difficult for Andy and his friends to get their world record officially ratified and as it was such a good cause as well, we decided to help out.” 


Andy was joined by pals Niall McGarvey, Paul Sweet and Chris Lewis for the marathon, in which they set themselves the target of reaching 40 hours.


As well as trying to set a new record, the team also wanted to raise money for Parkinson’s UK as their friend Dan Ball was diagnosed with the condition six years ago.


Every penny raised will go to charity and Andy hopes that it will be at least £2500. It will be split between Parkinson’s UK and the Cornwall Parkinson’s charity. 


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