Circus act pulls 4-tonne van to petrol station by her hair amid UKs fuel crisis

The petrol shortage may have been a huge problem for many people across the UK, but Circus of Horrors star Anastasia Sawicka found a unique way to turn a crisis into an opportunity.

Anastasia, 34, pulled her van to a petrol station with her hair – not only saving fuel but finding a smart way to drum up publicity for the Circus’s upcoming performances in Crawley and Blackpool.

Anastasia’s eye-catching stunt surprised and delighted onlookers as she hauled the four-tonne vehicle along a busy central London street.

Anastasia, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as having the world's strongest hair, said: "Pulling the van with my hair looked daunting but as they say 'the show must go on'.

"It was a case of swapping a few follicles for fuel," she added, and you'll never get a greener way to get around than this."

Anastasia, or Anastasia IV as she is known on stage, usually uses the van to travel up and down the country performing for crowds as a "hair hanging aerialist".

But she decided to take matters into her own hands – and head – when her fuel gauge dropped into the red in order to save her remaining fuel in case garages had run dry.

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Amazing images show how Anastasia tied a special harness to the front bumper of the van and was able to yank it down the road using her hair in order to refill.

She has now joined up with the rest of the performers at Tully's Shocktober Fest which is being held in Crawley, West Sussex, until November 6.

Anastasia gave up studying biochemistry to join the circus and has spent years perfecting the ancient art of "hair hanging" – a circus skill originally performed in China.

She needs two bottles of conditioner a day to keep her super-strong barnet in tip-top condition and even has it insured for £1 million.

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Polish-born Anastasia, who lives in Northampton, added: "I use loads of conditioner and hair vitamins.

"There's not much of the day when my hair does not have something on

"To be suspended by your hair feels exactly how it looks. It is definitely not pleasant and can be painful at times."

"But it also feels fantastic," she added. "It is the closest you can get to actually flying as you are lifted by your head.

"You are absolutely free and you are not holding on to anything. It's exciting."

The Circus of Horrors is also performing at Blackpool Pleasure Beach between October 27-31 before embarking on a nationwide tour.

If Anastasia's hair stunt has left you eager to see more, you can book tickets for the Circus of Horrors here.

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