No safety ropes. No in­sur­ance. And snow! Scal­ing Nel­son’s Col­umn was his cra­zi­est feat

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Tall or­der: On a chilly, blus­tery day in April 1977, Blue Peter dare­devil John Noakes’s task was to scale Nel­son’s Col­umn — all 169ft 3in of it — and help the steeple­jacks to clean the pi­geon drop­pings off it

1 Here I come: With the cam­era­man and his as­sis­tant go­ing ahead of him,John Noakes makes easy work of the col­umn. He was 43 — with 11 years of dar­ing Blue Peter stunts be­hind him

5 Dizzy heights: In the trick­i­est part of the climb, Noakes is trans­ferred onto a wooden cradle and slowly lifted onto the base of the plinth

4 Help­ing hand: ‘It be­gan to snow and the scaf­fold­ers said: “Maybe we should go down,” ’ said Noakes

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