Two 57-year-old district mayors took the plunge for charity in Peterborough, United Kingdom, on Saturday (17 January).
SV Two Mayors practising falling with instructor (3 shots)
SV Two Mayors preparing to enter aeroplane (2 shots)
GROUND TO AIR Parachute coming out of plane
GV Mr. Juniper landing in garden
SV Mr. Juniper on ground with part of parachute in tree
GV Mr. Cashmore landing in field (2 shots)
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Background: Two 57-year-old district mayors took the plunge for charity in Peterborough, United Kingdom, on Saturday (17 January).
Fred Juniper, the Mayor of King's Lynn, and Bill Cashmore, the Mayor of Peterborough, jumped (with parachutes) from an aircraft 2,500 (762 metres) above Mr. Cashmore's electorate.
It was the first sky-dive for both men and they hope their stunt will raise about a 1,000 pounds sterling. Half of the money will go towards buying and training a guide dog...the other half to old people's charities.
Mr. Juniper had never even flown before he issued a challenge to his life-long friend, Mr. Cashmore, to see whose jump would raise the most for charity.
It took two months of training by Royal Air Force instructors before the two politicians were ready. According to the instructors both descents were near perfect, although Mr. Juniper landed nearly a quarter of a mile off target in the garden of a private house.