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Drayton Manor 'screams' into the record books

The longest scream lasted 8 minutes and 45 seconds
The longest scream lasted 8 minutes and 45 seconds Credit: Drayton Manor Park

Drayton Manor theme park in Tamworth has 'screamed' into the record books today.

Over three thousand people gathered in the park this morning to record the longest scream by a crowd of people, maintaining 80 decibels for eight minutes and 45 seconds.

The previous record stood at just two minutes and five seconds.

Over 3,000 people showed up in onesies
Over 3,000 people showed up in onesies Credit: Drayton Manor Park

Not content with one Guinness World Record the park also reclaimed the record for the largest gathering of people wearing onesies with 3,152.

Drayton Manor broke two Guinness World Records
Drayton Manor broke two Guinness World Records Credit: ITV News Central

Colin Bryan, the park's Group CEO and Managing Director, said:

The atmosphere today has been electric and for the second year running the weather has been in our favour. Seeing such a huge crowd gathered in their onesies was quite a spectacle, and there were some very interesting styles!

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Founder of Drayton Manor Theme Park dies

George Bryan, the founder and owner of Drayton Manor Park, has died at the age of 92.

Mr Bryan, was a trained engineer, who purchased the land for the site in 1949.

When the park opened in 1950, it had one restaurant, a tea room, three hand operated rides, six rowing boats, pedal cars and a second hand set of dodgems.

The park is still owned and run by the family to this day, and is one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions.

Drayton Manor Theme Park opened in April 1950 Credit: Michael Crabtree/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Mr Bryan pictured with his wife Vera Credit: Birmingham Mail

Tourist attractions feel the effects of the big freeze

The snow and ice may have melted but the impact of the arctic conditions are still being felt.

Some of the biggest tourist attractions in the Midlands were forced to close as the big freeze set in.

One says it has lost £750,000 and has seen a fifty per cent fall in visitor numbers compared to the same time last year. Deborah Hadfield reports.

Woman dies after theme park ride

Drayton Manor theme park Credit: PA

A woman from Leicestershire has collapsed and died after going on a ride at a theme park.

Carla Knight, 42, from Barwell, suffered a cardiac arrest after going on the Maelstrom ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire on Friday.

Ms Knight is thought to be a mother-of-two.

Colin Bryan, managing director at the theme park, said in a statement: "Our wishes and thoughts are with her family and friends at this devastating time."

Liz McGinn, communications manager at Staffordshire Police, said: "We can confirm there are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be prepared for Her Majesty's Coroner."

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