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Boss completes height stunt at Diggerland in Strood

A business boss completed a daredevil stunt at an adventure park by balancing a digger on tightropes.

The feat was completed by Hugh Edeleanu, chairman for Diggerland, Strood, at the weekend.

Diggerland chairman driving a digger over a tightrope

He drove over two parallel high wires which were four metres high and 30 metres long.

More than 1,000 people watched the nail-biting attempt.

Hugh said: "A lot of people have done balancing stunts with diggers and I thought a couple of tightropes and a digger at high level sounded like a challenge.

"I practised it on a bit of metal first at a high level but that was a solid piece of metal that didn’t move.

"I was a bit worried that it would be like trying to get into a hammock, where you get halfway in and it turns upside down, so if that had happened, that would have been a real problem.

Hugh has previously hung from a excavator using only his teeth. Photo: Diggerland
Hugh has previously hung from a excavator using only his teeth. Photo: Diggerland

"But I did all the engineering calculations beforehand and sure enough, it paid off."

He added: "It was quite nerve-racking...I'm not sure how long it took me – it felt like about an hour but it was probably only four or five minutes."

This isn't the first time Hugh has completed such a daring task.

In 1997, he achieved the Guinness World Record for the fastest journey in a JCB digger from John O'Groats to Lands End. He also drove a Komatsu digger underwater in 2012.

The daredevil was even swung around by an excavator, gripping on using his teeth.

He shared how he will be undertaking further world record attempts but said these would not be revealed until the day he tries them.

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