Lowestoft man in parachute jump welcomed by Norwich sci-fi fans

Lowestoft man Jim Poole has leapt from a plane at 14,000ft in tribute to his father.

But as the sci-fi enthusiast made his parachute jump over Ellough airfield on Saturday he was guaranteed of an out-of-this-world welcome – from Dr Who characters.

Mr Poole, 43, has opted to do the sponsored jump for Macmillan Cancer Support as his father Maurice Poole, who was landlord of the Oxford Arms pub in Lowestoft from 1977, died aged 73 in August 2010 after a short battle against cancer.

He was joined on the jump by his daughter Beatrix, 16 and an avid Dr Who fan who dressed up as The Doctor's companion Ace, his son Ashton, 17 and family friend Paul Newson, 43, from Lowestoft.

As a member of the Norwich Sci-fi Club, Jim had also arranged for fellow members to dress up as their favourite characters to greet him when they landed.

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Among them was a dalek, two incarnations of The Doctor himself, his companion Amy Pond as well as Rimmer from the sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf.

Mr Poole, a IT engineer and web designer who lives in Marine Parade, and the other jumpers raised at least �600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.?

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To sponsor the parachute jumpers in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support their fund-raising website at www.leap4maurice.info

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