Tommy Burns celebrated New Year 1896 by diving off Tower Bridge in London, walking to Brighton and diving into the sea. The Yorkshire Herald (4th January) carried the following report:

He safely dived from Tower Bridge at 2am on Wednesday, and at ten set out on his journey from Three Goats Head, Wandsword-road [sic]. He reached Croydon at three o’clock, and eventually arrived at the William the Fourth, Church-street, Brighton, at five minutes to eight, five minutes within the stipulated time.

Burns then proceeded to West Pier, which he reached at seven minutes past eight, and dived from the east side into the sea. As Burns left the pier he was heartily cheered by a large number of spectators.