Daredevil granny Betty Bromage has been preparing to wing-walk for the fifth time, at the age of 93, after becoming hooked on the hair-raising activity when she was a youthful 87!
“I want to do this to prove to myself that I still can,” said Betty, from Cheltenham, as she prepared to be strapped onto a biplane for her latest wingwalking exploit.
“You never know what you can do until you try. I was in my late 80s when I first tried this. Before that the most dangerous thing I did was riding horses!
“Wing walking is not something I had ever really thought about before but I wanted to raise funds for charity so I started to look into the things I could do.
“At my age I can’t run, so I looked for other ideas and took inspiration from an advertisement I saw on TV. I thought ‘I reckon I could do that’ and that’s what started me off!”
“At my age I can’t run, so I looked for other ideas and took inspiration from an advertisement I saw on TV. I thought ‘I reckon I could do that’ and that’s what started me off!”Daredevil granny Betty Bromage
Since then, intrepid adventurer Betty has completed not just four wing walks, but also been on the world’s fastest Zip Wire at Mount Snowdon and abseiled down the 161-foot Eagle Tower in Cheltenham, raising over £23,000 for local charities through her fearless fundraising.
Ahead of her fifth wing walk with AeroSuperBatics at Rendcomb Airfield, near Cirencester, Betty said: “I am really looking forward to it. I am not scared about doing it at all.”
Having had a pacemaker fitted in the past 12 months and arthritis in her neck Betty has been wondering whether she could still soar through the skies, but says she wants to prove herself.
“As you get older things aren’t as easy as they used to be, but I really want to give it a go. My neck is a lot better than it was as my Osteopath has been really working on it – at one point I couldn’t even turn my head! I have also been given a collar to help, which I will wear on the wing walk.”