I’ll clean up in window title bid
WINDOW-CLEANING wizard Darren Ansbro is hoping to sparkle and shine by wiping out a world record.
Darren, of Thornaby, believes he can take on the world’s fastest window cleaner Terry “Turbo” Burrows.
And later this month, he will chamois on down to London for a national contest to try to beat the Guinness World Record which has been held by Terry for more than 20 years.
Terry first set the record on BBC One’s Record Breakers and his best-ever performance saw him clean three 1.143m high windows in just 9.14 seconds. This was a 10th of a second faster than his previous best time set four years earlier and included a one-second penalty for leaving two water marks.
Despite this Darren, 39, who has worked as a window cleaner for 20 years, is confident he can take Terry on.
“Terry is a legend in the world of window cleaning and his record has stood for over 20 years,” he said.
“However, I’ve got technique and skill and I’m looking forward to challenging for Terry’s record and seeing how quick I really am.
“I’m not giving away any of my secrets but all I’ll say is ‘Bring it on Terry!’
“It would be amazing to be the world record holder. I’d be proud to bring the title back to Stockton.”
Darren, who is married to Julia, 36, said it’s the first time he has taken part in the competition. He is more than ready for the challenge, he said.
“I do kick-boxing so I’ve got co-ordination and I do running so I’m quite fit as well,” he said. “At least that’s what the wife always tells me anyway!”
Darren works across the North-east for family firm Dave Bolam Cleaning Services. He recently set up his own company DA Components to sell window cleaning accessories he has invented.
The world record window cleaning challenge on March 14 to 16 has been organised, and will be adjudicated on behalf of The Guinness Book of Records, by the Federation of Window Cleaners.
Paul Thrupp, executive council member of the FWC and an official Cleaning Show world record judge, said: “Terry has done amazingly well to hang on to his record for this long but there’s always a chance of an upset. Having said that, when you see Terry on video or cleaning live he moves so quickly it’s hard to imagine someone will ever manage a subnine second time even if they try and copy his technique.”