Edgar wired up for river plunge

Edgar Coulson will descend 920ft across the River Tyne from the Baltic
Edgar Coulson will descend 920ft across the River Tyne from the Baltic

A 77-YEAR-OLD Hartlepool granddad insists age is only in the mind – the day before he does a 920ft zipwire descent across the River Tyne.

Sprightly Edgar Coulson says he doesn’t feel any nerves, just excitement before the daring charity challenge tomorrow.

Edgar will head to the top of the Baltic Centre, in Gateshead, before plunging across the Tyne and landing on Newcastle’s Quayside.

The volunteer at Hartlepool Bereavement Service, in Park Road, will be joined by his grandchildren Shona McMurdo, 22, and Adam Smith, 21, as they aim to raise more than £1,000 for the National Osteoporosis Society.

The charity is close to their hearts as a family member suffers with osteoporosis, a disease which results in reduced bone density leading to a higher risk of fractures.

The three taking part will be joined by family members and friends in Newcastle tomorrow cheering them on – and Edgar can’t wait.

“I did a zipwire last year and absolutely loved it,” said the dad of two and granddad of five, who lives in the West Park area of Hartlepool. I don’t feel any nerves whatsoever, it’s just an adrenaline rush.

“The best thing about it is letting go and knowing there is no turning back.”

A smiling Edgar acknowledged that he may well be the oldest taking part in the event tomorrow. But he said that doesn’t bother him one bit.

“Age is only in the mind,” he added. “As long as we raise plenty of money for charity I’m happy, that’s the main thing.

“All the family are coming together to support another family member which I think is fantastic. We are all planning to go for a celebration drink afterwards, it should be a great day.”

People still have time to sponsor Edgar, Shona and Adam in their efforts.

Anyone who wishes to support the trio can call into Hartlepool Bereavement Service or donate online by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Baltic3