Memory Corner video: Pensioner’s incredible pole squatting stunt

Jack Watling climbs the pole in this photo from the Mail's archives (1959)
Jack Watling climbs the pole in this photo from the Mail's archives (1959)

IN 1959, 72-year-old Harborough man Jack Watling sat in a hut atop a 25-ft metal pole for for five days and nights in a publicity stunt for a film which was being shown at Harborough’s Ritz Cinema - but what was the film?

Mr Watling neglects to mention it in this film on the The Media Archive for Central England’s (MACE) website.

The Mail’s archives from 1959 reveal the answer, which we’ll publish here on Thursday.

But in the meantime you can post your answers, theories, thoughts or even memories of the event by commenting on this story (sign in below).

Thanks to @SolarPilchard for highlighting the footage to the Mail and posing the question.