Thursday 21 April 2022

Daredevil Beverley man Tom Conroy is setting himself the challenge of climbing 14 of the UK’s highest peaks, including Ben Nevis, in seven days or less as a way of raising funds to swell the appeal to help Ukrainian refugees launched by town charity Jacob’s Well.

Tom, a telecoms engineer with KCom, whose mother Bridget is office manager at Jacob’s Well, will be attempting to set a Guinness Book of Records for the challenge with his friend Luke Mitchell and hopes to raise £1,400 – £100 for each mountain. He told Beverley FM the challenge had been inspired by watching the Netflix documentary “14 Peaks” about climbing the world’s highest mountains. “This 14 Peaks UK Version will mean us climbing the height of Mt Everest twice. We’re still planning our route and it may well involve us camping overnight at the top of a mountain to get it done,” he said.

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A huge aircraft named after Beverley and which was once housed in the car park of the town’s Army Transport Museum on the site of what is now the Flemingate shopping mall, could be heading for the scrapheap unless more funds can be raised. 

The last surviving Blackburn Beverley transport plane, built at Brough, was originally saved in 1974 for use as accommodation at Hull Aero Club, then based at Paull. It was later dismantled and moved to Beverley and then moved again to the Fort Paull Museum in the year 2000. When that museum closed in 2020 the aircraft was bought by businessman Martyn Wiseman, who runs Condor Aviation, with a view to moving it to his airfield near Selby.

Efforts to raise £100,000 to pay for the move and restoration have so far fell well short of the target and Mr Wiseman now says there’s a real danger that the plane will have to be scrapped.