Winsford Town Hall (with tower) backing on to the River Weaver. Photo courtesy of Winsford Historical Society.

Tommy Burns rarely dived from buildings but he made an exception on Thursday Oct 23 1890. Reports appeared in the Western Mail, Birmingham Post, Reading Mercury and Hampshire Advertiser similar to this from the following day’s Derby Daily Telegraph:

On Thursday afternoon Thomas Burns, the well known diver, performed a remarkable feat at Winsford, Cheshire. In the presence of some thousands of spectators, he clambered on to the roof of the Town Hall, and dived off into the Weaver, which flows beneath. The water is eight feet deep. Burns touched the bottom but without injury. On coming to the surface he was loudly cheered.

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