AN OCTOGENARIAN is set to take to the skies for an aerobatic wing walk to raise cash for a revamp of the Talisman Theatre in Kenilworth.
Peter Amis, a life-time member of the Barrow Road theatre, decided at the age of 87 to do “something a bit risky and a bit mad” so booked a sponsored wing walk.
The white-knuckle flying adventure will take place on Friday July 15 at RFC Rendcomb in Cirencester and will last 15 minutes – taking him up to a height of 2,500 feet, at speeds of up to 150 mph, on top of a 1940’s Boeing biplane.
And to add to the excitement, it will be an aerobatic wing walk – flying upside down, loop the loop, high speed dips and dives.
Mr Amis told the Observer: “It’s a scary thing to do, but I’m spurred on by the thought that I’m raising funds that will help the Talisman Theatre create a better environment for local arts, theatre and the wider community.”
The theatre has just started work on a build project that will see the bar and foyer area replaced and a new performance and community space created.
Mr Amis, who began work at the Talisman Theatre 50 years ago in the role of front of house manager, even taking to the stage himself at times, aims is to raise funds for the furniture, fittings and equipment for the newly refurbished bar and foyer area.
He has set up a JustGiving page and anyone is welcome to contribute at www.justgiving.com/campaign/peteramis towards his goal of raising £3,000.