Three generations skydive together

Lofty Thomas three Generation Sky Dive
Lofty Thomas three Generation Sky Dive

A BRIDLINGTON man is believed to be the first in the UK to complete a skydive featuring three generations of his own family.

Lofty Thomas, who turned 80 last Sunday, took part in the parachute jump as a birthday treat at the Skydiving Centre in Grindale last Saturday.

Lofty is no stranger to the skies – he ran a parachute manufacturing business in Pinfold Lane, which is now managed by his son Chris.

He was joined on the jump by his sons Chris and Derek – who travelled from his home in Florida for the occasion – and his grandson Kyle, 26, who is a helicopter pilot in the RAF.

But despite his experience, his last jump before last weekend came 18 years ago.

“It’s a bit like riding a bike I suppose,” said Lofty, who also celebrated his wedding anniversary on Monday. “I was a little apprehensive, but once we got up there that faded away and we had a great jump.”

All four of the Thomas family were due to jump on Saturday morning, but due to bad weather they had to delay their jump until around 5pm.

Lofty said: “It was a bit dull as the sun wasn’t out, but we were waiting for the window to go and went straight up when we could.

“It was fantastic to be up there with my sons and my grandson – I think we may be the first three generations of the same family to do a solo jump.”

The jumpers raised funds for Help For Heroes and Headley Court, with Dr Morton of the Bridlington Medical Centre on Station Approach waving the £85 medical fee Lofty paid for a check up before the jump – which has been donated to the funds. Lofty is still collecting for the charities.