Thousands of spectators turned out to see Tommy Burns dive from Runcorn Bridge on 2nd August 1890 when he shared the limelight with a novice bridge diver.

The event was covered by many newspapers including The Star, Guernsey, which on Tuesday 5th August reported:

Tom Burns, a well-known athlete, and a working man named John Macnamara dived on Saturday afternoon from Runcorn Bridge, a height of nearly 90 feet, into the River Mersey.

The dive was witnessed by thousands of people on both sides of the river, and both men on rising to the surface were loudly cheered.

Burns has performed the feat several times, but Saturday was the first time for Macnamara.

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