Plucky South Yorkshire OAP’s wing walking feat

Daredevil Rotherham pensioner Nigel Hague, 85
Daredevil Rotherham pensioner Nigel Hague, 85
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Doctor’s orders dictated that daredevil Rotherham pensioner Nigel Hague should cancel a planned wing walk in aid of leading South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.

But the redoubtable 85-year-old – the father of Foreign Secretary William Hague – was determined to fulfil his commitment to the charity that provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across South Yorkshire and nationally.

So now, 12 months later, his plans for a wing walk are back on again – and this time he’s aiming to take Europe by storm.

Because he was so disappointed at not being able to complete his task last year due to health problems, Nigel has decided to strap on in Calais on Friday, June 6, and fly for 40 minutes across the English Channel to land at Lydd near Folkestone in Kent - in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

“It makes my eyes water just thinking about it,” said Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller.

“It’s just inconceivable to think that a man at 85 should even consider the death defying feat of being strapped to a biplane and hanging on for dear life while it flies all the way to England.

“All those brave soldiers, had they survived, would have been in awe of Nigel’s antics - and all in the name of Lost Chord.

“He wants to raise awareness of the plight of all those people everywhere who are struggling with dementia and at the same time draw attention to the fact that we desperately need donations to survive beyond our 15th anniversary this year.”

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