Royal Marine drummers roll their way into the record books

Roll with it: Royal Marines buglers begin their 64-hour performance at the Tower of London
Roll with it: Royal Marines buglers begin their 64-hour performance at the Tower of London

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THE message to break a world record was well and truly drummed in to the Royal Marines.

A corps of drums made up of buglers from five royal marine bands, including ones from Portsmouth and Fareham, along with the Royal Marines School of Music, have broken the world record for the longest collective drum roll.

The record was officially passed at 11pm last night, when drummers surpassed the record of 28 hours, 19 minutes and three seconds.

But the drums have not stopped, as the Royal Marines plan to play on until tomorrow morning and notch up 64 hours.

Corporal Nathan Crossley, of the Royal Marines, said: ‘It’s been very nerve wracking.

‘I took part and was nervous because I didn’t want to be the one to muck it up.

‘Now we’ve broken the record, we all feel more relaxed getting to 64 hours.

‘It’s been a great team effort.’

As reported, the challenge is part of celebrations marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines, and in an effort to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

The event is taking place at the Tower of London and was launched by Hollywood stars Tom Hardy, a huge supporter of the Royal Marines, and Harrison Ford.