The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and six Hampshire Mayors terrifying challenge at Gunwharf Quays has been postponed until Sunday 7th May due to adverse weather conditions.
Raising money for their respective charity appeals, visitors to Gunwharf Quays expected watch the ‘Magnificent Seven’ abseil 100 meters down Portsmouth’s iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower.
Portsmouth Mayor, Councillor David Fuller was leading the way, followed by the Mayors of Havant, Gosport, Eastleigh, Winchester, East Hampshire and Southampton.
It's been rescheduled for next Sunday, 7th May, for an earlier start time of 8:30am.
This morning the Spinnaker Tower tweeted:
Unfortunately, due to high winds, our abseiling event has been cancelled today. All participants will be contacted shortly to reschedule.— Spinnaker Tower (@SpinnakerTower) 30 April 2017
Councillor Fuller said: "I am the first Lord Mayor of Portsmouth to abseil down the tower and even though I am terrified of heights, I have received tremendous encouragement from friends, colleagues and my main sponsor, Swinton Insurance. We are all taking part to raise money for a number of incredibly important local charities including The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Help 4 Special Children and The Oncology and Haematology department at Queen Alexandra Hospital. We hope to support with purchasing a state-of-the-art blood testing machine that will provide results within 10 minutes, rather than the present 4-5 hour wait."
To donate, text LMAB30£ with the amount you would like to give to 70070, visit www.localgiving.org/appeal/spinnakermayors or send a cheque made payable to HIWCF addressed to: Marcella Payne, The Lord Mayor’s Charity Co-ordinator, Lord Mayor’s Office, 2nd Floor, Guildhall, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB. (Image thanks to About My Area Portsmouth)