Grandmother to mark Yarmouth charity’s 70 years by donning goggles and being strapped to a plane

The opening day of the new Age Concern Great Yarmouth Acorn centre on Regent Street in Great Yarmout

The opening day of the new Age Concern Great Yarmouth Acorn centre on Regent Street in Great Yarmouth with Jackie Tierney. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

A grandmother is celebrating a charity's 70 years in Great Yarmouth by taking to the skies strapped to a plane.

The opening day of the new Age Concern Great Yarmouth Acorn centre on Regent Street in Great Yarmout

The opening day of the new Age Concern Great Yarmouth Acorn centre on Regent Street in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Jackie Tierney says she hates heights but loves flying in small planes and helicopters.

And next year in May she will find out how the two fit together when she undertakes a fundraising wing-walk in Essex.

The 63-year-old is staging the stunt for Age Concern which will be marking 70 years in Yarmouth helping older people to live happy, healthy lives.

As services manager for the charity she has already climbed Ben Nevis and completed long sponsored walks - but never gone in for thrill-seeking.


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She said the first challenge would be climbing up through the cockpit to the top of the aircraft.

But despite her fears wing-walking was something she had always wanted to do, since flying over Scroby Sands in a small plane as a child on holiday in Yarmouth.

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Age Concern which has a base at the Acorn Centre in Regent Street supports people over the age of 50.

An online donation page has yet to be set up but donations can be dropped in to the centre.

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