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World's longest drum roll puts Jayson Brinkler in hospital

A drummer beat the world record for the longest single drum roll – but ended up in hospital as a result.

Jayson Brinkler started the roll at 3am and played for 12 hours, five minutes and five seconds – despite injuring his wrist just days before.

The eight-time British champion drummer smashed the previous record by five minutes and four seconds to see him achieve his childhood dream of securing an individual place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ex-Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison and town mayor Avtar Sandhu came down to show their support
Ex-Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison and town mayor Avtar Sandhu came down to show their support

Mr Brinkler, 44, who performed the drum roll at Highfield Baptist Church in Dartford, said: “It was so tough – a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

“A few days before, I slipped and injured my wrist. I didn’t think anything about it, but it did play a part when I attempted the record.

“About eight hours in, my wrist just went. It was very hard. I was in tremendous pain but I kept pushing and pushing.”

Mr Brinkler, who once performed on children’s TV show Blue Peter and at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, decided to attempt the record after seeing a Royal Marine attempting it and thinking he could do better.

Jason Brinkler ended up in A&E after the brutal 12 hour drum roll left him unable to move his hand
Jason Brinkler ended up in A&E after the brutal 12 hour drum roll left him unable to move his hand

He broke the record using the same drumsticks he had used for 30 years in an event which also marked 30 years since he joined the Drum Corps.

The world champion, from Dagenham, was cheered on by Mayor of Dartford Cllr Avtar Sandhu and ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison, who tweeted her 94,000 followers asking people to come down and support Mr Brinkler.

But Mr Brinkler’s post-attempt celebrations were short-lived because he had to go straight to A&E.

“I was in a right mess,” he said. “My wrist just completely seized up.

The world champion drummer beat the previous record by just over five minutes
The world champion drummer beat the previous record by just over five minutes

“I have been playing for over 30 years and I have never experienced anything like that.

“I would never attempt that again – even if someone beat my record.”

The drumming marathon also raised around £500 for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.


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