Putting the Al in altitude

Pub Landlord gets high

This is Al Murray, throwing himself out of a plane at 15,000ft with a small Serbian strapped to his back.

The Pub Landlord decided to embrace the extreme sport mentality on New Zealand while touring there, and took part in the tandem skydive over Queenstown.

It’s the second time Murray has done a parachute jump, as he did a 1,000ft leap with a static line for the Discovery Channel Second World War documentary The Road To Berlin.

But his antipodean jump was much higher, including thousands of feet of freefall.

Murray said: ‘I did a low level jump last year in the UK, as part of a TV programme, but it was all over so quickly, I’ve been desperate to do another one to find out what it’s really like.

‘Everyone tells me New Zealand is the greatest place to skydive so having the chance to freefall in Queenstown was amazing.’

Murray did his jump with local experts NZONE, who have helped 80,000 people skydive since they were formed in 1990, the day after the opening night of his New Zealand tour.

His dates their coincided with the Lions ruby tour, which was followed by an estimated 20,000 travelling British and Irish fans.

New Zealand promoter Scott Blanks said: ‘Al’s performance off the field , including his show-stopping version of the haka, proved to be a little more successful than the team on the field.’

Published: 13 Jul 2005

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