Strongman exterminates world record

John Evans chrirt tardis lift
John Evans chrirt tardis lift
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OAP John Evans defied a nasty cold to spend 50 minutes balancing building equipment on his head and raising over £1,000 for sick children’s charity Umbrella.

Ilkeston’s 76-times world record holder refused to be weighed down by a sore throat and went on to break the world record for lifting dustbins during the challenge for the Derby-based charity which aids sick children and their parents through tough times.

“I was really delighted to have done it. You don’t want to let people down,” said John.

I’ve always been fit and never had a day off in my life but this was the worst cold I’d ever had.

“Even getting off the sofa was a struggle but you just have to get on with it,” said John, 65, of Awsworth Road, after his effort.

He began by balancing four very large water butts on his head and then did the same with ten dustbins.

After that he balanced six wheelbarrows and a cement mixer – before ending the show lifting a Tardis similar to the one used in the BBC TV Dr Who series which he had fitted flashing lights and a smoke machine.