Five Little-Known Facts About Leicestershire.

3) Extreme Ironing started in Leicester.

Extreme Ironing is an extreme sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing.

Extreme Ironing on Rivelin Needle, Sheffield, UK

It is a sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt

The sport was started in 1997 in Leicester, by resident Phil Shaw in his back garden.

Shaw came home from what he recalls as a hard day in a Leicester knitwear factory. Shaw had a number of chores to do, including ironing his shirts. Preferring the idea of an evening out rock climbing, he decided to combine the two activities into a new extreme sport.

In June 1999, Shaw, who uses the nickname “Steam”, embarked on an international tour to promote the activity.

The stops included the United States, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. An encounter with German tourists in New Zealand led to the formation of a group called “Extreme Ironing International”, and the German Extreme Ironing Section or GEIS.

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