Exmouth sky diver 'humbled' by award

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 February 2017

Roger Hoe received the Star Award at the British Parachute Association annual general meeting last month.

Roger Hoe received the Star Award at the British Parachute Association annual general meeting last month.

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A sky-diving instructor, who worked with the Royal Marines, was 'humbled' to receive recognition for 30 years of teaching students to sky dive.

Roger Hoe, 71, of Highbury Park, Exmouth, was awarded a Star Award for outstanding customer service at the British Parachute Association annual general meeting, held in Nottingham, last month.

The sky-diving enthusiast claims to be the oldest man to have solo jumped 29,000 feet, landing alongside Mount Everest.

He started jumping in 1977 after his mother suggested it to him - and hasn’t looked back since.

He said: “I enjoy the thrill.

“I feel very privileged that I am still able to work with young people and teach them how to sky dive safely. The fact they nominated me as a special instructor, I was quite humbled.”

He added: “I have made an awful lot of friends and have visited some interesting places.

“When people say to the wife how can you put up with him, she says he’s been away sky diving most of the time.”

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