Another of the many faces of Town Gardens was on show today where British Slackline Walker Champion, Jake Hirsch-Holland embarked upon a fund raising endurance test. Families on a Saturday walk, children on bikes and boys carrying footballs all stopped to watch as Jake set himself the challenge of walking 5 kilometres across a 50 metre long slackline strung between two trees.
Known on the circus circuit as Jake the Juggler he developed his skills at home at Lower Shaw Farm under the watchful eye of Jim Semlyen. Today Jake shares his expertise with individual and group tuition sessions at the farm and is available for bookings at other venues. Contact Jake for more information at Lower Shaw Farm.
Today's event was in preparation for a tour next year when Jake and his crew - Team Land Pirates - will be travelling with Performers Without Borders. The circus entertainers will spend three months in Nicaragua teaching their skills to vulnerable children. Jake and Team Land Pirates, were demonstrating slackline walking in the Victorian gardens in a fund raising event to pay for their trip in January 2013.
Despite a chill wind Jake was on target to achieve his 5 kilometre challenge passing the half way mark at just after 12.30 pm.
For more information about Performers Without Borders visit the website.
Jake Hirsch-Holland sets out on his slackline challenge.
Half way mark!
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