A cyclist had to undergo surgery after being left with a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder in a road rage row over a one-way street. Glenn Holland, 65, a former army medic turned musician, has been left unable to play after being attacked by an angry motorist.
Glenn says the man also stole his camera with footage of the incident, and has had to have metal pins inserted in his arm after suffering a compound fracture. He has had to step down from his casual role as an undertaker and struggles to play trombone, reports DerbyshireLive.
Glenn said he was cycling in a cycle lane when he came across two drovers arguing. He said: “One of them grabbed me from behind and started on me. He was quite aggressive and pushed me off my bike. I had to put my right wrist down to stop myself. The man then came back and stole a camera from my bike.
“My treatment has cost the NHS thousands, which I feel guilty about.”
Glenn suffered a broken humerus and dislocated shoulder (Image: Glenn Holland)
Glenn’s friend and the leader of his band, Mark Daykin, said: “I’ve known Glenn for 25 years now, a long time. Music is a constant in your life and a release from your day job, your family life. It gives you two to three hours of relief, and Glenn has done it all his life. He’s been with the band for 25-30 years. It’s not nice to see that he can’t make it, it gets him down because music gives him a lot of joy. Unless you’re doing music and shows regularly, you don’t understand what feeling it gives you. When it’s taken away it must be so frustrating. It’s not nice to see him unhappy, he’s a great player and we do miss him.”
The band’s founder and saxophone player, Ken Morrell, 68, said: “I started the band in 2012 and Glenn is a fantastic musician. But he’s an ex-serviceman and shall we say he finds his mental health a little challenging.
“As with all musicians, music for him is a therapy. It’s the way people like us get through life, it’s a meditation. The fact that he can’t play has affected him quite badly and people think even when its a job you just play at a performance, but it’s your whole life. There’s daily practice and you’re always thinking.
Glenn also had to have metal pins surgically implanted into his shoulder (Image: Glenn Holland)
“When most people listen to the radio, for example, they don’t think much, but a musician would think, ‘Oh, that’s a good tune, I could play that”. There’s a vacuum there for him now.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said: “The force is currently investigating the circumstances of the incident – including all reports made by the victim which include reports of careless driving, assault, and theft.”