Staff get marching orders for sporting challenge

On THE MARCH: Captain Jerad Morris and the Grundfos team.

On THE MARCH: Captain Jerad Morris and the Grundfos team.

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STAFF at a Sunderland manufacturing firm got their marching orders when they were shipped off to Denmark to take part in a sporting challenge.

Seven workers from Castletown-based pump manufacturer Grundfos flew out to Scandinavia to take part in the company’s “Olympics”.

I’ve enjoyed working with the Grundfos team and they were quick learners.

Captain Jerad Morris

To give them a fighting chance, the Sunderland team turned to the Army for help.

Starting with a gala dinner in the town of Bjerringbo, each division had to represent their country with a five-minute performance.

The team chose to produce a performance about a crown being stolen off the head of the Queen.

Their video involves a Benny Hill sequence and also a pastiche of Chariots of Fire, filmed on Roker Beach, and a James Bond character jumping from a helicopter with the Queen.

Lumley Castle and the North East Aircraft Museum were used in the video.

However, the team, dressed as Grenadier Guards, also wanted a live-action marching section performed as the video is screened behind them.

So they turned to Captain Jerad Morris, of 251 Sunderland Medical Squadron, based at the Territorial Army Centre in Dykelands Road, Sunderland.

Captain Morris spent several sessions with the employees, choreographing a marching sequence timed to the video playing behind them.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the Grundfos team and they were quick learners,” he said.

The Sunderland participants will compete in a range of sports, including swimming, cycling, shooting, darts, pool, volleyball and handball.

Team captain John Boyer said he’d been training for some time for the event: “I’m really looking forward to the Games – they should be great fun.”