Boris runs out of zip: Mayor of London gets stuck on zip wire after publicity stunt goes wrong
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it’s Boris Johnson’s latest publicity stunt gone slightly wrong.
The Mayor of London was left hanging twenty foot above Victoria Park in east London this afternoon when he got stuck halfway down a zip wire at a Games event.
Mr Johnson was the first person to use the 45-metre high, 320-metre long zip wire zip wire which offers views towards the Olympic stadium.
But as he descended, clutching union jack flags in each hand, the wire appeared to get stuck leaving the Mayor dangling in mid-air.
As ground teams moved in to pull the mayor back to terra-firma he was heard shouting “Get me a rope, get me a ladder… I think the brakes got stuck”.
As onlookers snapped photos on their mobile phones, he added: "This is great fun but it needs to go faster."
Within minutes pictures of the rather bedraggled Mr Johnson hanging precariously next to the park’s observation wheel were being posted over the internet – and were trending on Twitter.
Shortly afterwards they were parodied with cut-out images of the hanging Mr Johnson in other unlikely spots – including above the mace in House of Commons.
Mr Johnson was in the park to promote free Olympic events – some of which had been suffering from people’s reluctance to travel during the games.
Mr Johnson today played down suggestions that his warnings over transport chaos had prompted an Olympics-related mini recession in the capital.
He insisted businesses which had engaged with the Games were prospering.
“What's happening is people are having a great time and those who are looking to engage with the Games are doing great business,” he said.
Asked what his message to struggling businesses would be, he added: “The message is, London is the place to be and I hope as many people as possible get involved with everything that's on offer from attractions at Stratford to those in central London.”
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Slough train station deaths: Woman and child killed after being 'pushed in front of train'
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Jennifer Lawrence: Leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by users
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...
£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...