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A Dad whose three-year-old son loves swings has built the UK’s only 360 DEGREE swing in his BACK GARDEN - but his son will have to wait a long time before he can go on it.

The frame is a massive 5.6 metres tall and the axle, which spins him round is five metres high, which means that when Colin swings he towers over his family home in Stanford, Lincolnshire. Colin Furze, 36, decided to impress son Jake by building the ultimate swing which can go higher than the house and UPSIDE DOWN. The frame is a massive 5.6 metres tall and the axle, which spins him round is five metres high, which means that when Colin swings he towers over his family home in Stanford, Lincolnshire. The 360-degree swing has a 25 kilo drum of water on one end of the axel to off-set Colin’s weight and he then clings on to the other end.

He said: “I put my feet between two pegs and hold onto the handle bars, then swing in the normal way, but once I get horizontal I have to lean my body forwards to help propel myself over the top of the frame. I was a bit nervous at first, especially as I’m not strapped in and only holding on with my arms, but it is great fun. It is quite physically demanding getting the swing to go high and it makes me feel sick if I go round too many times. Luckily the counter weight works well, which makes it easier for me to swing.”

Colin, who also has a one-year-old daughter, had to build a huge winch to pull the central axle into place and fix it in position.

“I struggled at first and had to make some adjustments to the height of the swing, so the frame wouldn’t bend, but it was fairly easy to build,” added Colin. Jake absolutely loves swings, but unfortunately this one is too big and dangerous for him to try. He thinks it looks really cool.”

Colin, who used to be a plumber, is renowned for the inventions he makes in his garage at home, including magnetic shoes, which helped him hang upside down from the ceiling. The self-taught engineer, who has a popular invention engineering channel on the Internet, has also made a hover bike and a jet bike and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest pram and longest motorbike.

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