Beat that: drummer’s in the record books!

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A DRUMMER has entered the Guinness Book of Records for playing with the largest number of other players in one go - and helped to raise cash for a charity close to his heart.

Gordon Hastie was at Manchester’s EventCity - the largest exhibition centre outside London - on Sunday with 798 other drummers from across the UK for the event called ‘Stick it to MS’. Overall the event raised almost £60,000 of which Gordon raised almost £350.

The Bearsden father wanted to do something to help those with multiple sclerosis after living with the disease following his diagnosis 10 years ago.

The gas engineer said: “When I read about the record attempt in Rhythm Magazine I felt it was something I would really like to do. My MS has not been that bad so far, but in the last year I have noticed a difference with pains in my hands and legs. I also get tired quicker.”

Gordon has played drums since 1979 and was in a band called the Caprice which played folk-based Scottish music.

He added: “The atmosphere was really great. In order to set a new world record all the drummers had to play a rock drum beat for five minutes continuously which made quite a sound.”

Gordon travelled down to Manchester with his wife Lynne, son Callum (13) and daughter Louise (14) on Saturday night and they spent the whole of Sunday getting ready.

The drummer added: “You wouldn’t believe how long it takes for almost 800 drummers to set up their equipment.”

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