Great granny paraglides for diamond wedding

Photo Neil Cross Sheila and Philip Collier, of Morecambe, celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary
Photo Neil Cross Sheila and Philip Collier, of Morecambe, celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary
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A Morecambe couple have gone to great lengths to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

Sheila Collier, celebrated her 60-year marriage to Philip by paragliding over the Austrian mountains.

Back in the day: Philip and Sheila Collier, 84, at their wedding in 1954.

Back in the day: Philip and Sheila Collier, 84, at their wedding in 1954.

The couple, who are both 84 years-old, got married on September 18, 1954.

Sheila decided to take the plunge and paraglide whilst on a family holiday with daughter, Elaine, in June.

Mrs Collier said: “My daughter said oh I’ve booked us for a paraglide, I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t scared though.

“During it I got thinking what do I do when we come down?”

Sheila landed in the Austrian high grass and was amazed by the experience.

She said: “It ran smoothly, it was beautiful because the valley was down below 
and it looked stunning with the villas down the bottom and the mountains to the side of us.

“After we landed I was just lying in this long grass on my back. I didn’t want to get back up!”

Mr Collier was never worried about his wife during the paraglide. He said: “I don’t think she realised just what was going to happen but I 
was never worried about her.”

Philip and Sheila met at the Smith’s Milkbar in Morecambe when Sheila was selling tickets for the local dance which they ended up going to together.

Mr Collier said: “I said oh I’ll call for you, which was very forward of me.

“I used to be very shy, I don’t know what got into me.”

Mrs Collier said: “He asked if I would like to go the pictures the next day and here we 
are.”

The couple will be celebrating further this week with a family meal and open day at their house on Hawkshead Drive, with their two children, Elaine and Geoff and their five grandchildren and one great grandson.