Fund-raiser Dave finally takes plunge

Dave Burns celebrates with friends after his skycoaster stunt.
Dave Burns celebrates with friends after his skycoaster stunt.
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It was third time lucky for daredevil fund-raiser Dave Burns when he eventually got to complete his final charity stunt.

Bad weather had scuppered his two previous attempts to ride on South Pier’s skycoaster, but conditions improved enough on Tuesday to enable the veteran to get airborne.

The 73-year-old, of Paddock Drive, Marton, has raised more than £750,000 for good causes over 50 years.

But a battle with prostate cancer is forcing him to take a back seat in future.

However he was determined to undertake one more bold challenge – this time in aid of soldier’s charity Supporting Our Brave – before finally calling it a day.

Dave said: “It was disappointing to have it called off twice, but I was determined to do it.

“When you watch everyone else on the ride you think there is nothing to it, but when you get on it’s a different kettle of fish.

“It was exhilarating, and there was a bit of a crowd there cheering me on.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support I have had, and would like to thank everyone for supporting me.

“If people want to donate, they can do so by visiting the Supporting Our Brave shop in Bank Hey Street.”

Dave hopes to announce in September how much he has raised. He had originally been scheduled to carry out the stunt on August 10 to coincide with Blackpool Air Show when it was postponed by high winds from the tail end of Hurricane Bertha.