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No more snapping for Stephen

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:31 01 August 2010

FOR the last three years he has been clicking his fingers to tap out the rhythms for his East Anglian family barber shop quartet.

But now the 'head clicker' for the TestostaTones has been told to stop his finger antics as he has repetitive strain injury.

FOR the last three years he has been clicking his fingers to tap out the rhythms for his East Anglian family barber shop quartet.

But now the 'head clicker' for the TestostaTones has been told to stop his finger antics as he has repetitive strain injury.

Stephen Amer has resorted instead to slapping his thigh with a small musical instrument as his all singing quartet entertain birthday parties and corporate events.

Mr Amer claims he went to his doctors after he started to feel discomfort in his right hand.

At first the 32-year-old thought he may have hurt his hand from typing.

Mr Amer claimed his doctor could find no real reason for his discomfort until he mentioned at the last moment he used his hand with the TestostaTones over a hectic Christmas series of gigs.

He sang and clicked his through the gigs with his brother Paul, 27 from Geldeston, and cousins Bim, 31 and Richard, 29 both from Lowestoft.

In a bid to overcome his repetitive strain injury Mr Amer claimed he was told to stop clicking for the next few months at least.

Mr Amer, who lives in Bradwell and is about to start work at Beccles library said: “I said at the last moment that I clicked my hand as we sang. When I told my doctor that and for how long we performed he said right that's it you better stop clicking.

“Afterward it was a bit hard to stop clicking at our events but I am used to using the small instrument and my thigh now - although it does cramp my style a bit.

“The rest of the group thought it was very funny when I told them.”

The quartet's gigs feature a wide range of songs from doo wop classics such as In the Still of the Night to rock anthems such as Born to be Wild.

To book the TestostaTones visit www.testostatones.co.uk

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