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Burnley busker’s challenge of a lifetime

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He can usually be found entertaining theatre lovers with wisecracking remarks and colourful performances.

Later this month though the whole of Europe will become Burnley amateur dramatist Martyn Green’s stage when armed with just a guitar he embarks on the charity challenge of a lifetime.

The 29-year-old Queensgate resident, who is currently appearing in Greenbrook Panto Society’s production of “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”, is attempting to busk round 10 European countries in five months with friend Alastair Cameron (21), who lives in Blackpool.

The pair, who studied performing arts together at Cumbria University, are hoping to raise more than £2,000 for Unicef and will survive using nothing more than the money they make from singing.

“We can’t wait to get going,” said former Barden High School pupil Martyn. “All the money we make from busking we’ll use to get around. We’re going to try and hitchhike as much as possible but if we need to get a train or a bus somewhere then we can use the money we’ve made from that day. If we’ve made enough to stay in a hostel then we can do that otherwise we’ll be camping. We both wanted to go travelling but we’re also very charitable people so we wanted to combine the two.

“We both love our music as well and so we thought this would be a good way to see Europe without spending a lot of money but also raise something for charity.

“We chose Unicef because it obviously is a charity that does a lot of good work and it is one that is recognised globally.”

The pair are setting off to London on Monday, hitchhiking their way to Dover where they will get a ferry across to France. They will then make their way up to Belgium before travelling through Holland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and France.

They do have a fallback kitty of £400 each but Martyn said they wanted to complete it without touching those funds: “That’s only there in case something goes really wrong and we need help. We want to complete the trip relying just on the kindness of strangers. We’re not entirely sure how long it is going to take but I’ve worked out it should take around five months and will probably see us doing around 3,000 miles.

“I’m looking forward to it but I’m also a bit anxious because we don’t really know what to expect.”

For more information or to make a donation visit www.buskorbust.co.uk

 

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