From Polmont to Toronto, daredevil feat pays off

Mike hanging over Toronto
Mike hanging over Toronto
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A rock fan got a major rush when he braved the heights of one of the world’s tallest buildings to help people with Down’s syndrome.

Driving instructor Mike Sword from Polmont teetered along on the edge of Toronto’s CN Tower while he was in the Canadian capital to see his music idols.

The 48-year-old is a diehard fan of seventies rockers Rush, who were playing their home city as part of a global tour.

Mike and five other fans from around the world decided to use the event to do the ‘edge walk’ round the top of the 1815 feet high Canadian National Tower – the fifth highest free-standing structure in the world.

The group, who had never met before, organised the charity stunt on a Facebook forum for Rush fans, The Rush Atlantic Connection and called themselves the ‘Edge Walk Angels’.

Mike said: “We raised more than £3000 for the Down’s Syndrome Association and had a great experience as well.

“When I did the ‘Toes over Toronto’ bit, which is basically going to the edge and leaning out, I didn’t look down. I just looked along the horizon.

“I trained with one of the group at the climbing centre in Ratho so I was more confident using a harness than I would have been. But it was a terrific experience, one we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. And the concert was great too.”

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