Daredevil 91-year-old thought to have become country's oldest wing-walker

A daring 91-year-old is thought to have set a new record as the UK's oldest wing-walker.

Norma Howard took to the skies above Cirencester, Gloucestershire, strapped to the top wing of a vintage biplane at 500 feet.

The retired physiotherapist from Fleet, Hampshire, beat the record set last year by 88-year-old Betty Bromage.

Mrs Howard was raising funds for Dementia UK (Handout/PA)
Mrs Howard was raising funds for Dementia UK (Handout/PA)

She took on the challenge to raise funds for Dementia UK, rather than for thrills or record-breaker status.

Once back safely on the ground, she said: "I feel very relieved but also invigorated.

"It was cold up there and I had so many layers on me I looked like the Michelin Man. The hardest bit was actually getting up onto the plane wrapped in so many clothes."

Mrs Howard described the experience as 'invigorating'  (Handout/PA)
Mrs Howard described the experience as 'invigorating' (Handout/PA)

Mrs Howard, who spends her time helping elderly friends to and from hospital, now plans to abseil Portsmouth's Spinaker Tower.

"It's only 170 metres, that's pretty much how high I was today strapped to the wing of a plane," she said.

At the age of around 80, Mrs Howard twice swam the equivalent of the England Channel in a swimming pool.

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Until recently, she used to ride on the back of her son's Harley Davidson motorbike.

Eight years ago, aged 83, she sat on the handlebars of a 1925 Indian motorbike riding the Wall of Death.

A spokeswoman for Dementia UK said: "We cannot thank Norma enough for her efforts.

"All the money she is continuing to raise through pubic support will help Dementia UK's Admiral Nurses reach more people facing dementia."

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