Jean realises ambition to go abseiling at age of 81

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has realised her ambition to go abseiling thanks to the Never Too

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has realised her ambition to go abseiling thanks to the Never Too Late feature on The Mustard Show. Photo: Mustard TV. - Credit: Archant

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has had an ambition to go abseiling ever since she first saw people having a go at the sport on a family holiday nearly four decades ago.

Jean Campling is taking part in Mustard TV's Never Too Late campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jean Campling is taking part in Mustard TV's Never Too Late campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Tonight on Mustard TV viewers will be able to watch the grandmother from Tasburgh, near Norwich, fulfil her dream in a new feature on The Mustard Show called Never Too Late. The feature is being run in conjunction with the Hostry Festival and, as the title suggests, is all about showing it is never too late for older people to have a go at something they have always wanted to do.

Six retired people have been picked for the show and their dreams include everything from driving a racing car to tapdancing.

Mrs Campling, a mother of two and grandmother of four, is the first to be featured. She said: 'I have always wanted to go abseiling. When the girls were young my husband Eric and I used to take them to the Lake District and Derbyshire. We used to see people abseiling and I thought, 'I'd like to do that.'

'But the girls were so young and I thought, no, because they will want to do it too.'

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has realised her ambition to go abseiling thanks to the Never Too

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has realised her ambition to go abseiling thanks to the Never Too Late feature on The Mustard Show. Photo: Mustard TV. - Credit: Archant


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A few years back Mrs Campling, a former secretary for Preston Primary School in Tasburgh, almost had the chance to abseil down the tower of her local church but unfortunately it ended up not being possible, and she put her ambition aside until she saw an advert for Never Too Late.

'I put in to do it but I did not expect to hear any more about it – I was quite surprised!' she said.

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Viewers will be able to watch how Mrs Campling got on abseiling at Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre tonight. 'I loved it. It was fantastic,' she said.

The first episode of Never Too Late will feature on The Mustard Show on Mustard TV tonight at 6.30pm. The six-part feature series will be aired every Wednesday on The Mustard Show.

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has realised her ambition to go abseiling thanks to the Never Too

Eighty-one-year-old Jean Campling has realised her ambition to go abseiling thanks to the Never Too Late feature on The Mustard Show. Photo: Mustard TV. - Credit: Archant

In October the six Never Too Late participants will also feature in a live event at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry as part of the Hostry Festival. For more information, visit www.hostryfestival.org

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