D-Day hero, 101, becomes the world's oldest skydiver.
Great-grandfather jumps 15,000ft out of a plane in aid of the Royal British Legion. He took part in the D-Day landings, survived being wounded in action and was honoured for his heroism. So jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft held no fear for Verdun Hayes yesterday, even at the age of 101. The great-grandfather, from Croyde, Devon, became the oldest skydiver in the world as he completed a tandem parachute jump attached to an instructor. Afterwards the former Royal Signals lance corporal shouted ‘Hooray’. He added that he was feeling ‘absolutely over the moon’. Mr Hayes made his first jump last year to break the British record. Yesterday’s skydive beat by 35 days the world record set in 2013 by a Canadian aged 101 and three days.
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