The Jump & Story

WELCOME to ‘THE JUMP’ page – dedicated to my Great Great Uncle, Daniel McAllister, who in a moment of bravado made sad history by becoming the first person to jump from the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

On 4th May 1913, McAllister accepted a 6d (sixpenny) bet to climb the iconic structure and jump from the then new River Tees crossing. Unfortunately he did not survive the 160ft “perfectly executed swan dive”, so never got to collect his winnings. So I (his Great Great Nephew) have done that for him almost 102 years after his ill-fated leap – SEE VIDEO.

The 1913 inquest ruled that McAllister’s cause of death was due to “Shock and suffocation from drowning through jumping from the Travirgin_logonsporter Bridge in a spirit of bravado whilst under the influence of drink”.

Roberts repeated the dive from Middlesbrough’s ‘Grand Old Lady’ on Easter Sunday (5 April 2015), with bungee cord attached, and is now asking those willing to donate to pledge today’s equivalent of the 1913 sixpence – which is £2.50. All money raised will go directly to Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation which uses football to ‘inspire’ kids both at school and at the education centre at the Riverside Stadium as part of the fantastic job they do in the town and surrounding area. All donations of whatever size will be gratefully accepted via the jump donation page at Virgin Money Giving – the site will be open through until the first week in June to accept your very kind donations.


The Jump (armcam view  –  click to play)

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The Funny Ad (click to play)

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Appearing in a pub near you – well hopefully, as we need all the support possible. A full-size poster is available to download & print by clicking either the poster below or this link. Please help by printing and pinning this to as many noticeboards & walls as you can. All the money raised goes directly to the MFC Foundation. A great cause.  Thank you!!!

Best! Dave.

The Poster