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Son beats the drum in memory of dad

PUBLISHED: 21:06 01 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:56 03 March 2010

MUSICIANS of all ages took part in a 24-hour charity drum in memory of James Vinten, who died aged 43.

The keen sailor and drummer in rock band '56 Cadillac lost his life a year ago aboard his beloved boat Sea Wind II on June 23.

MUSICIANS of all ages took part in a 24-hour charity drum in memory of James Vinten, who died aged 43.

The keen sailor and drummer in rock band '56 Cadillac lost his life a year ago aboard his beloved boat Sea Wind II on June 23.

In a poignant tribute his 12-year-old son, Charlie, opened the Drum-In by playing his father's drum kit.

The round the clock event was held at the Debenham Community Centre to help raise funds for the RNLI and Heartbeat.

Julie Stokes, one of the organisers and band member of '56 Cadillac, said: "James was a dedicated family man, always smiling and full of life.

"He loved sailing, playing his drums and most of all he loved to party."

A number of drum kits were set up at the centre and people were also invited to bring along percussion instruments to play.

All those who took part were given a certificate of achievement.

The sponsored drum-in was one of two events to remember and celebrate Mr Vinten's life.

The second is a one-day family music event to be held at Needham Lake on Monday, August 25.

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