Juggling is an excellent way for pensioners to improve their dexterity and concentration, especially if they juggle items such as knives, chainsaws or hand grenades, which can cause considerable damage if accidently dropped.

Most pensioners start with small fruit or soft balls, gradually increasing the number juggled from one to two, at which point, the skill level attained will be sufficient to warrant an audience of Category C prisoners or care-home residents.

Moving onto more unusual items, such as chairs, watering cans and vintage tractors, will offer a new challenge, while setting fire to the objects juggled will not only enhance the spectacle but also give those in attendance the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the operation of an extinguisher and the application of soothing unguents and bandages.

It has often been said that jugglers mature like fine wine, and to illustrate this point, the renowned French juggler, Le Tosseur, was 62 when he started, and within four years, was performing at executions of noblemen at the Bastille, while the American juggler, Chuck Allot, was 74 when he appeared in the 2009 MTV awards juggling seven goats and Lady Gaga.