Derbyshire’s 74-year-old head balancer John Evans edges towards 100 world records

A 74-year-old Derbyshire strongman will start practising today for his latest head-balancing world records.

By Gay Bolton
Monday, 20th September 2021, 11:18 am
John Evans practises his head balancing act ahead of his next two world record attempts.
John Evans practises his head balancing act ahead of his next two world record attempts.

John Evans, who lives in Ilkeston, has raised more than £250,000 for charity during the past 30 years for feats which have earned him more mentions in the Guinness Book of Records than anyone else.

Despite only having one eye, being diabetic and suffering angina, John is letting nothing get in the way of his dream of achieving 100 world records.

On October 10 John will attempt to carry 1kg of food items on his head and then as many toilet rolls as he can possibly balance on his bonce. If he is successful in both attempts, it will put him just two short of the magic ton of world records.

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John hopes to raise cash for the homeless charity Emmanuel House in Nottingham through his attempts in which he will use 12 trolley loads of products supplied by the city-based Jambons Wholesale Goods Ltd.

He said: “I am going to be practising every day until October 10. I have missed doing my charity events.”

The double challenge will come three years after John walked with 1,000 tins of pet food on his head, in aid of the animal charity PDSA.

Three decades of amazing head-balancing feats have earned John star billing on the 40th anniversary of the famous Tonight show, a dozen shows in Hollywood and numerous appearances at events in Japan and China.

John first found his unusual talent when he was an 18-year-old worker on building sites where he would balance bricks on his head.