Britain’s strongest pensioner has broken his 100th record after lifting an 11 stone crown onto his head.
With the successful stunt, John Evans celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday – despite a fight against angina pectoris, asthma, diabetes and joint problems and with only one functioning eye.
It rounds out a 32-year career of balancing odd things on his noggin, including Mini Coopers, speedboats, multiple people, pint glasses and a replica Eiffel Tower.
His unusual talent was discovered at the age of 18 when he realized he could help build houses faster by carrying bricks on a wooden plank and balancing it on his head.
The grandfather-of-three has broken 37 Guinness World Records and a further 63 records and raised £270,000 for charity with his accomplishments.
He told The Sun: “I’m absolutely thrilled because lifting the crown ends it all and I can finally call myself ‘John Evans, the king of head balancing’.
“It was a blooming heavy crown and on one of the worst days of the year due to the wind and could have been blown away any second.
“I think I’m doing exceptionally well at 75 and I’m enjoying every part of it. I really hope it will be an inspiration to other old people or people with disabilities.
“I only have one eye, diabetes, angina, asthma and more, but I’m still performing. I put it out of my head and put up a really fantastic visual display. I really love it when people’s mouths drop when I’m lifting heavy things.”
Showman John was inspired by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died last year after raising almost £40million for NHS charities by running laps in his garden and then raising funds.
He says: “Just like Captain Tom, I have shown nothing but stamina, determination and willpower to pull off these stunts.
“I’ve traveled the world and been on all the top TV shows, including guest starring on the 40th Anniversary of The Tonight Show in America.
“Just as Captain Tom showed mental toughness every day walking through his garden, I have and want to do the same for head balancing.
“It was a lot of pressure for someone his age and I bet he was amazed by the support. I hope one day to be as inspiring as he is.”
John also won’t be hanging up the leather hat he uses to balance objects on his head anytime soon – he plans to mount the 5ft x 5ft crown on a two-and-a-half foot table later this year.
You can donate to his fundraising efforts here.
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