When was the final time you probably did a handstand at work?
No, me neither. It’s not the executed factor at ChronicleDwell and presumably not at your house of employment both – except you are a gymnast or a circus entertainer, of course.
Thirty-five years in the past, bosses of a contract agency portray the Tyne Bridge had been extremely unamused when this image appeared in the native and nationwide press.
It featured one of their staff – we’ll name him Gerry – performing a daring handstand on top of the arch, 59 metres (194 ft) above the waters of the River Tyne beneath.
The heartstopping picture confirmed Gerry nonchalantly doing his factor, full with a cigarette in his mouth and mug of tea at the prepared, with the Swing Bridge, High Level Bridge, QE II Metro Bridge and the river forming a spectacular backdrop.
Sadly, for Gerry, it was one of his final acts as a painter working on the bridge.
‘Handstand man sacked’ was the headline in the Chronicle on October 30, 1985.
We reported: “An agile painter bought greater than he bargained for when he did a handstand on top of the Tyne Bridge.
“Gerry thought the photographer was taking photographs for his personal assortment.
“But he got here into work this morning to search out the high-level head-over-heels image splashed in the Daily Mirror and was informed he was out of a job.”
The boss of the contract agency informed our reporter: “It was a silly factor to do. He was an actual clown and it was very harmful. He would have been killed if he fell.
“As it’s, we’re going to have well being and security inspectors down right here by the dozen to search out out what on earth was taking place.”
Thirty-five years on, we want Gerry properly.
The Chronicle reported at the time: “He is married and in his 30s and is known to be shocked and really upset at being fired from his £300-a-week job.”
Finally, almost about doing a handstand on the Tyne Bridge – as all the greatest TV presenters say: “Don’t do this at residence!”