86 year old climbs up church tower

Jumar up Quainton Church in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and to raise funds to restore some fine 17c monuments - Villager Bernard Hall starts his ascent
Jumar up Quainton Church in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and to raise funds to restore some fine 17c monuments - Villager Bernard Hall starts his ascent
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Nineteen people attempted to climb a total of more than 1,135 feet up the tower of St Mary’s Church in Quainton on Saturday, equal to the height climbed up Everest by a prominent villager 60 years ago.

The late Tom Bourdillon was a member of the team which conquered the world’s highest mountain in 1953 and there is a memorial to him in the churchyard.

Jumar up Quainton Church in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and to raise funds to restore some fine 17c monuments - One climber starts his ascent

Jumar up Quainton Church in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and to raise funds to restore some fine 17c monuments - One climber starts his ascent

Using similar techniques to the Everest climb, the residents, including five pensioners, achieved 1,150 feet and raised £1,303 towards their Tower Fund.

Of the nineteen climbers, fifteen managed to get to climb the 50ft to the top.

The oldest was 86-year-old Bernard Hall.

Money raised will go towards a project enabling visitors to watch the bell ringers through a glass screen.

Jumar up Quainton Church in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and to raise funds to restore some fine 17c monuments - an instructor gives a demonstration on how its meant to be done

Jumar up Quainton Church in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and to raise funds to restore some fine 17c monuments - an instructor gives a demonstration on how its meant to be done

Organiser Philip Roberts said: “It was a very happy and enjoyable day and everyone had a fantastic time.”

Fundraising for the church will continue with building work hoping to begin by November.