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Following their memorable performance at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, the award-winning Pandemonium Drummers will return to where it all began to perform at London’s inaugural Polar Plunge event.

On February 7th 2015, Special Olympics Great Britain is inviting Brits to take on the most extreme sub-zero challenge that the nation has ever seen whilst raising money for the vital work that Special Olympics Great Britain do.

The Pandemonium Drummers burst on the scene at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, where one thousand volunteer drummers provided the heartbeat to the Industrial Revolution scene and marshalled the world’s elite athletes. Their legacy has extended beyond the opening ceremony as they continue to excite and entertain at events around the country.

Three years on from their first performance, a contingent of The Pandemonium Drummers will be paying homage to their epic London 2012 show with a special edit of their impressive performance. The Drummers will spur on brave plungers with drum rolls and keep the crowds entertained with an exciting variety of performances incorporating call and response routines and upbeat rhythms that will add to the electrifying atmosphere of the day.

With the thrilling performances from The Pandemonium Drummers leading to special recognition from Team London including winning the 2013 Mayor of London’s Special Achievement Award and the 2014 Voluntary Arts Epic Award, they’ll no doubt be an exciting addition to what already promises to be an exhilarating day for plungers and spectators alike.

Jan Pearson, Secretary of the Pandemonium Drummers has expressed their delight at returning to Olympic Park, “We are very excited to be returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to join Special Olympics Great Britain and support those taking on the Polar Plunge. We hope to bring a little of the spirit of London 2012 to this very special event.”

The Polar Plunge is crossing the Atlantic for its debut on UK shores to raise crucial funds for Special Olympics Great Britain, which is recognised as the third member of the Olympic Family by the International Olympic Committee. Special Olympics GB offers inclusive sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities via almost 150 volunteer-led local clubs. The money raised from the event will support these clubs to nurture talent and transform the lives of its athletes.

Plunging is from 10am-3pm, and with a chilly outdoor plunge pool, cosy changing tents, live music and entertainment, sports demos and a Hot Spot offering tasty treats to keep you toasty, the Great Britain Polar Plunge guarantees a brrrrilliant day out! 

Entry costs £20 for adults, £16 for students, £10 for children over 12 and £5 for under 12s. The charity is encouraging plungers to set themselves a fundraising target of £50 each to help raise money to support Special Olympics athletes.

Great Britain Polar Plunge online is now live at: www.polarplungegb.org where you can find out more and register to take part. Or text the word ‘PLUNGE’ to 80878* for more information.