Grandfather celebrates birthday with longest zip wire

PUBLISHED: 19:00 17 September 2019

Brian and Marti completed the zip wire for the Alzheimer's Society.

Brian and Marti completed the zip wire for the Alzheimer's Society.

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A Portishead grandfather spent his 83rd birthday careering down the biggest zip wire in the country.

Brian Jackson was given the challenge as a surprise present from his partner's grandson Marti Guiver.

The pair took on England's biggest and fastest zip wire at the Eden Project in Cornwall to celebrate Brian's birthday.

The zip wire is 660m long and daredevils travel over the Eden Project's biomes at speeds of up to 60mph.

Brian's partner and Marti's grandmother, Eileen Trapnell, said: "He has not done anything like it before.

"He decided to do it because he wanted to do something really exciting and different for his birthday."

Brian and Marti, aged 22, decided to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society by asking people to sponsor them to complete the challenge.

The Alzheimer's Society supports people with dementia, and their carers, and funds research into the condition.

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