A DARING joiner will be swapping tools for flames this weekend when he sets himself alight in front of his home crowd.
Daredevil Jonathan Tate is part of the Extreme Events Europe team, which is bringing an action-packed show to the town.
The 24-year old, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, will be getting kitted out in a specialist suit before being set on fire.
Remarkably, Jonathan then has to walk as far as possible and see how long he can handle the heat.
He has only ever become a human torch four times before, but despite his lack of experience will be set alight twice in one day tomorrow.
The stunt will be part of Saturday’s extreme shows taking place off Maritime Avenue, near Hartlepool Marina.
Extreme Events Europe, which is based in Park View Industrial Estate, in Hartlepool, travels the continent wowing crowds with a mix of human stunts and monster truck challenges.
But the daring team is back on home turf this weekend when it presents two shows.
Jonathan first got involved with the team when he went along to watch and support his brother-in-law Anthony Anderson, who is one of the company’s directors.
Anthony, 37, is also from Hartlepool and lives in the town with his wife, Vicki, 35, and three children, Olivia, 13, Owen, 11 and Logan, seven.
After being an impressed spectator, Jonathan asked if there was anything he could take part in and was told about the human torch.
“I remember the first time I was set alight,” said Jonathan, a former English Martyrs School and Sixth Form pupil.
“I didn’t know what to expect and I lasted a couple of seconds before it had to be put out, I was just panicking too much.
“Since then I have got a little better every time and I am looking forward to this weekend now.
“It is tough because although you have a specialist kit on you can still feel the heat, it’s just a matter of lasting as long as you can before the heat of the fire gets too much.
“It’s going to be brilliant to get to do it in my home town.
“The amount of times I have come home from a show and shown all my mates the pictures, now they get to see me set alight first hand.
“All the members of the team are really looking forward to coming to Hartlepool, the crowd are in for a treat.”
The first of the Extreme Events Europe shows is taking place this Saturday from 3pm.
The daring team will then be performing again at 7.30pm.