French tightrope specialist Ramon Kelvink aims to perform a feat which defeated his
world-famous predecessor Charles Blondin, hero of the death-defying walk across Niagara
Falls in the last century.
Blondin wanted to walk between the spires of Holy Trinity Church and Coventry
Cathedral, a distance of 80 metres, in 1884 but the city council would not allow it.
This time there appears to be no opposition from the local authority or from the Church
who have welcomed the initiative by Coventry & Warwickshire Promotions.
Kelvink was in the city today meeting with engineers, architects and the church
authorities as they assessed the various safety aspects of the high-wire walk.
Kelvink, using a fifty metre balancing pole, will perform on a wire attached to the
church steeples 50 metres above the ground.
"All high wire walks are difficult. I have walked across the second stage of the
Eiffel Tower in Paris, Piazza Navona in Rome and La Grand Place in Brussels.
"I have walked when ice has been forming on the wire and my most difficult was
during an electrical storm when lightning struck my pole. I want to do this because my
fellow countryman Blondin tried to do it, and I think it will be a symbol of hope to the
people of Coventry. Everyone needs a symbol to cling to going into the 21st
Provisional contracts were being signed before Kelvink flew back to France with his
The walk will cost £30,000 to stage, but Rae Hoole, events organiser for Coventry
& Warwickshire Promotions, said: