Jack Shanks - At Potarch - 8th May 1972 & 3rd June 1973
Height - 5'10" (1.78m)
Weight - 11 st. 7-lbs. (161-lbs) (73-kgs)
Age - 36 & 38
1972 - 4 unassisted lifts, plus a trial lift the evening before
Residence - Belfast, Northern Ireland
1973 - Jack carried the stones unassisted over the full distance of 17'1 1/2" on the top of a flatbed lorry for the benefit of the large group of spectators and press gathered. Both of Jack's visits were witnessed by David Webster OBE. This was the first time Dinnie's feat had been replicated showing the world that it could be done.
Over 42 years later at Aboyne Village Green on 3/10/15 Jack returned to watch his son Stevie lift the stones unassisted making them the first Father & Son lifters of the Stones since Donald Dinnie and his father Robert over 150 years earlier
Jack attended both Gathering events in 2017 & 2018 along with his son Stevie.
Click here to view some old cine camera footage of Jack's lift
Click here to read Jack & Stevie's story.
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