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News Archive > General > Ken, 84, taking to the skies as a wing walker

Ken, 84, taking to the skies as a wing walker

By Adele Moore 12th July 2017

Ken, 84, taking to the skies as a wing walker
Daredevil Ken

AT AGE 84, most retired men would be focusing on putting their feet up...

But Ken Williams is still living the high life. The octogenarian is planning to take to the skies today - depending on the weather and availability - during a ‘wing walk’  in aid of The Samaritans.

Ken, from Roslyn Close in St Austell, aims to stand on top of a 1930s Boeing Starman and go on a white knuckle ride through the skies above Bodmin Airfield, all in aid of the charity - which supported him while he was caring for his late wife.

Ken now volunteers at a Samaritans stall in Cornish Market World, off Par Moor Road. Bosses at the centre have made announcements on the tannoy system, calling for shoppers to sponsor his daredevil stunt.

Ken said: “My friends say I am mad. But I think I am related to Peter Pan as I just don’t feel old.  If people just sit indoors they stagnate. I feel fit enough to do it – so why not?

“I always fancied having a go at wing walking but the opportunity never arose until this year.”

Richard Sutton, publicity manager for the Samaritans, added: “I put up a poster about wing walks and expected quite a few people would sign up. I subsequently learned that Ken is 84, nearly 85. He is a brave chap, quite a character, and very ‘with it’.”

Ken is well-known in the St Austell area. Prior to volunteering on the stand at Cornish Market World, he worked on St Austell’s mobile library van for 15 years. He also worked as a porter at Penrice Community Hospital for 10 years.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys the more sedate hobbies of gardening and building model aeroplanes.

He is originally from London but was evacuated to Cape Cornwall when he was aged seven. He only spent two years in The Duchy but said it ‘always felt like home’ and he returned to Cornwall in 1965.

Anyone who would like to donate towards his charity should visit Virgin Money Giving and search for Ken Williams’s Wing Walk or donate at the Samaritans stall in Cornish Market World.

By Adele Moore 12th July 2017

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