Mike is a high flier

NORRISTHORPE man Mike Wilde is flying high having qualified for his Dutch Military Parachutist Wings.

Forty-nine-year-old Mike, of Norristhorpe Avenue, fulfilled a long-held ambition when he went to Holland to train and qualify for the prestigious Wings award.

“I had to go through ground school for three days and then do five jumps to qualify,” said Mike, who is a member of the association of British Military Parachutists.

“I did the five, and one extra in total.”

Mike had only one previous parachuting experience – a tandem jump which he did raising 400 for a children’s charity.

“It was just amazing. We jumped from 2,000 feet. It was a lovely feeling – a real adrenaline rush,” he said.

“It also gave me a chance to train with soldiers from all over the world and I made some good friends in the process.

“I would like to thank my friends and most of all my wife Janet for supporting me all the way.”

Mike is a former pupil of the Holy Spirit School and White Lee Secondary Modern in Heckmondwike. He was a member of the Territorial Army (2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment) from 1979 to 1981.

He now works as a tree surgeon and plans to visit Estonia next year to qualify for his Russian Parachutist Wings.