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Record ‘walker’ is back on wing

THE OLDEST wing walker in the world will take to the sky again on November 14 to raise funds for Help For Heroes.

THE OLDEST wing walker in the world will take to the sky again on November 14 to raise funds for Help For Heroes.

Ninety-year-old Tom Lackey from Shirley already has two Guinness World Records under his belt - one for a loop-the-loop aged 85 and another for crossing the English channel on the wing of a plane - at the tender age of 89 - all after suffering a minor stroke in 2004.

Mr Lackey, who was in the armed forces and worked for a building company until he retired aged 79, will travel to Rendcomb, Gloucestershire, at the invitation of Guinness for another world record attempt.

“It’s their centenary and they are running the show and doing filming and I will be in a portion of it,” he said.

“Even if the weather is a bit dicey, it won’t be as cold as crossing the English channel.

“I won’t know what I’m doing until they strap me in - but it could be a loop-the-loop or a roll over.

“It goes out on television on Thursday, November 18.”

Mr Lackey, who has two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren, explained why he choose Help For Heroes.

“My brother Harold was killed in the Battle of Britain aged 25. I was a Commando and was on a raid in Norway and the Falklands.

“In June I was on the same programme as the Red Arrows in Bickenhill.”

Tom, who met forces sweetheart Vera Lynn, learnt to be a wing walker in Wellesborne near Stratford and goes there regularly to do aerobatics.

He claims to have raised more than a million pounds for charity.

 

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