Former strongman, 74, balances a large CHIMNEY on his head

‘I want to take him home and be his best friend’: Former strongman, 74, delights This Morning viewers by balancing a large CHIMNEY on his head – and insisting he’s never trained in a gym

  • John Evans, from Derbyshire, appeared on the ITV show to showcase his talent 
  • He hopes to be sponsored to raise funds for blind and partially sighted charities 
  • Wearing a Santa outfit, the 74-year-old balanced the object on his head 

A former strongman has delighted This Morning viewers after balancing a large chimney on his head.

John Evans, from Derbyshire, appeared on the ITV programme today to showcase his talent, which he hopes to be sponsored for to raise funds for blind and partially sighted charities. 

Wearing a Santa outfit, the 74-year-old balanced the huge object on just his head for several seconds, impressing viewers who labelled him a ‘legend’ and said his dedication to charity was ‘heartwarming’.

The head-balancing pensioner has raised more than £250,000 for charity, having previously tackled bricks, milk crates and even cars.

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John Evans (pictured left and right), from Derbyshire, appeared on the ITV programme today to showcase his talent, which he hopes to be sponsored for to raise funds for blind and partially sighted charities

But shockingly, John admitted he’d never trained in a gym.

He told co-presenter Vernon Kay: ‘I’ve never been to the gym in my life but I’ve got 98 world records now and I’ve travelled the world with all these immense heavy weights on my head.

‘There’s no one else in the world that ever did the same as me and I’m 75-years-old… I don’t feel it, so carry on while I can.’

Twitter users were impressed by John, with one writing: ‘John balancing a chimney on his head to raise money for the blind and partially sighted is the most heartwarming thing I’ve seen on TV all year, what an amazing man.’

Another said: ‘What a character this John is on This Morning. I actually remember him balancing that Mini car on his head. Legend.’

Reaction: Wearing a Santa outfit, the 74-year-old balanced the huge object on just his head for several seconds, impressing viewers who labelled him a ‘legend’ and said his dedication to charity was ‘heartwarming’

A third added: ‘How do we donate to John’s cause? I just want to take him home and be his best friend.’

‘I’ve got one eye, I’m a diabetic, I’ve got asthma, I’ve got angina and after all is said and done I’ve got 98 world records,’ John previously said.  

‘This one (the chimney) … will be hopefully my 99th world record and then coming up to my 75th birthday, I’m having a big five foot by five foot (1.52m x 1.52m) crown made and I’m going to balance that on my head and it will be my 100th world record.’

John discovered his talent as a teenager working on building sites.

‘I was about 17, 18. I used to carry bricks on my head on a board… taking 24 bricks on my head up ladders,’ he said.

The head-balancing pensioner (pictured right) has raised more than £250,000 for charity, having previously tackled bricks, milk crates and even cars

‘When I was about 42, I got asked to do some sort of charity event…I balanced a few bricks on my head…it made huge press.’

John has since travelled the world balancing water kegs, pints of beer, cement mixers, a fridge, a quad bike and famously a stripped-out Mini on his head.

‘The Mini has been all over the world. I’ve done the Mini in Hollywood, I’ve done it in China, I’ve done it in Paris,’ he said, holding a Guinness World Record certificate for balancing the car during a television show in France.

‘It was 357 pounds (162 kg) and I managed to balance it … for 20 seconds on my head … if that had gone wrong, it would have killed me.’

John, whose accomplishments have been recognised by Guinness World Records and Record Holders Republic, has raised more than £250,000 charity through his acts.

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