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Legion Honours 101-Year-Old World Record Skydiver - Verdun Hayes D-Day veteran from North Devon skydiving in May 2017
Last updated September 2017

Legion Honours 101-Year-Old World Record Skydiver

The world’s oldest tandem skydiver has been presented with his official Guinness World Records certificate by The Royal British Legion. Verdun Hayes, a 101-year-old D-Day veteran from North Devon, smashed the world record on 14th May 2017 when he skydived from a height of 15,000ft.

After being presented with his Guinness World Records certificate by Claire Rowcliffe, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion, Verdun said: "What a wonderful surprise. I was shocked when I saw all those people waiting for me. It was a pleasure to raise money for the Legion as the charity is very close to my heart. I just hope my efforts help to shed some light on all the amazing work that the charity does throughout the year.

Claire Rowcliffe, who is also an Army veteran having served with The Royal Military Police, said: “Verdun is a quite remarkable man, and he’s been something of an inspiration to members of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and their families who have met him today.”

Source: Royal British Legion

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