I seem to remember that phrase being used frequently as a kid (usually with some suffix like "Ya balloon". So what about modifying it slightly by tying a big elastic band around your waist and not actually hitting the water? Well actually not a hope in hell for me but if jumping off a 150 foot crane appeals to you then try it from the crane at Clydebank in Glasgow.You can Bungee from the Titan from 23 June 2012 13:05 til 30 September 2012
Apparently it was the day the Battle of Bannockburn began and the Olympic Committee was formed but 23rd June, this year, will be the day bungee jumping reached the Clyde.
Thrill seekers from all over the UK will turn out for the launch of Scotland's second official bungee venue - the Titan Crane, Clydebank, on 23rd and 24th June. Celebrity guest jumpers and adventure seekers will take the 150 ft leap towards the River Clyde from the cantilever of the famous A-Listed crane. The first public jumpers will receive discounts to mark the occasion and tourism chiefs have hailed the innovation which is expected to net millions for the economy.
The development is a partnership between Highland Fling Bungee, who opened the UK's first permanent bungee jump last year at Killiecrankie, and Titan Crane Clydebank. Jumpers at the Titan site will hurl themselves on an elastic bungee cord from a movable platform fixed to the end of the cantilever. The participants will get a stunning view over Glasgow to the east and the Erskine Bridge to the west before plummeting from the crane at 50mph. "People in this part of Scotland are renowned for their have-a-go attitude to life and this is going to add something totally different to the adventure sport mix in the west of Scotland," said Highland Fling Bungee Managing Director, Murray Trail.
Fellow Director John Mason-Strang added: "Everyone knows how famous the site is and we've been amazed already at the amount of inquiries we've had from people wanting to be a part of history." Tourism chiefs have welcomed the new development and believe it will enhance Scotland's burgeoning international reputation for adventure sport. Since opening at Killiecrankie in Perthshire last May, Highland Fling Bungee has attracted over 5500 jumpers, a significant percentage from overseas.
VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay said: "I'd like to congratulate Highland Fling Bungee on this new venture in Greater Glasgow. Scotland is the Adventure Capital of Europe and it is fantastic to have an activity provider within a city environment offering visitors a further chance to get active." In the initial months of the Titan Crane project, jumps will take place on the first weekend of every month but will be gradually increase through the season. As well as jumping, participants and their friends will be able to visit the exhibits at the crane summit or use the ground floor café and visitor centre.
Titan Crane Clydebank Operations Manager Claire McGinley said: "This puts Clydebank on the UK map for bungee jumping and we look forward to welcoming experienced and novice jumpers. "The people of Clydebank want to see more activity like this on the riverside and we are certain this new activity will do much to showcase what we do here to promote the town's proud shipbuilding heritage." Special discounted jumps at £60 are available for the month of June.
Those wanting to book for the launch weekend of June 23/24 can do so via www.bungeejumpscotland.co.uk or by calling 0845 366 5844.