VIDEO: Escapologist's daredevil stunt draws crowds to Bradford's City Park

VIDEO: Escapologist's daredevil stunt draws crowds to Bradford's City Park

CELEBRATION: Anthony Britton works the crowds during Saturday's Escape for Life event

HIGH LIFE: Antony Britton suspended high above City Park on Saturday night

SAFE: Antony Britton stumbles to safety after escaping from a straitjacket wrapped in burning ropes

GLEAMING: Jowett cars lined-up at the annual reunion

CAR SHOW: The Jowett Car Club had its 29th annual reunion on Saturday

CLASSICS: Jowett car owners and fans got together at the annual gathering of the Idle built cars

UNDER WRAPS: Antony Britton gets ready for his dare-devil stunt

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DARE-DEVIL escapologist Antony Britton wowed Bradford crowds with a nail-biting stunt.

The Bradford-born performer held City Park in awe and suspense on Saturday night when he hung more than 20ft in the air, upside down in a straitjacket wrapped in burning ropes with just 90 seconds to escape.

The stunt was the nerve-wracking climax to an afternoon of entertainment, organised by Mr Britton's company Escape for Life, around the mirror pool which included live music on stage, wandering magicians, fire-breathers and an illusionist fresh from Las Vegas, with proceeds going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Last year Mr Britton amazed crowds of up to 500 people in City Park when he escaped Lucifer's Chamber, a burning steel cage, in aid of Help for Heroes.

This year more than 1,000 people gathered. He said: "The ropes were burning a bit too quick so I had to get my shoulder out of the jacket straight away but then the second rope snapped and I was down to my last one.

"It was the quickest escape from a jacket I've ever done. I had just seconds to spare. I came away with a few burns it was a success and everyone enjoyed it."

Other events over the weekend included the oldest one-make car in the world pulling in and parking up at Bradford's Industrial Museum in Eccleshill.

The Jowett Car Club had its 29th annual reunion for the people who built them attracting hundreds of visitors to the museum on Saturday.

There were about Bradford-built 50 cars and vans on gleaming display, among those visiting was Tony Gray from Tasmania who is the proud owner of two Jowett Javelins and is restoring a Jowett 10.

In later years Jowett Cars Ltd produced thousands of vehicles at its Five Lane Ends factory, now the site of a Morrisons supermarket.

Reunion organiser Keith Wear, who travelled from his home in Lincolnshire and used to live in Fagley, said: "It's been a fantastic turnout. We've had about 200 club members, a good number of former employees and their families and lots of public. This has been our 29th annual reunion and we hope we've got lots more to come."

Saturday was also pure magic at Holden Park in Oakworth, Keighley, with the return of the village's annual Fairy Fest.

Organisers of the fourth spellbinding event, who included the Friends of Holden Park, waved their wands to bring out the sun and the crowds, many of who turned up in fairy, sprite and goblin costumes inspired by the park’s maze of grottoes and caves.

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6:37am Mon 11 Aug 14

lolalexi86 says...

It would have been nice of the event was more advertised during the run up to Saturday as it looks like it would have been worth watching
It would have been nice of the event was more advertised during the run up to Saturday as it looks like it would have been worth watching lolalexi86
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2:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

The Bradford-born performer held City Park in awe and suspense on Saturday night..


Probably because most of on-lookers were drunk.
[quote]The Bradford-born performer held City Park in awe and suspense on Saturday night.. [/quote] Probably because most of on-lookers were drunk. Robin of Loxley
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