I had the privilege of meeting Frank before his second epic Zip Wire adventure between the top of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) and the Lowry, on Saturday 21st March 2015.
Frank was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his work and support of the IWM a few years back.
On Thursday 26th March Frank had collected in excess of £900 for charity. His main charity being for the restoration St Paul’s Church roof in Sale.
Frank is a proud member of Townfield De Tatton Lodge no. 2144.
Frank before his journey. Not nervous in the least.
On his way across over Manchester Ship canal over 1,000ft in length.
Safe at last at the Lowry.
The happy textbook ending we all hoped for.
These are members of the local church in Sale.
The names are left to right:- E Tullock, Jeff Cook, Revd. Barbara Sharp, Frank Tolley, Yvonne Kerridge, Hilary Moore, Michael Riley, Unknown, Unknown, Ian Moore Junior.
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Super-fit Frank Tolley launched himself from the Imperial War Museum North’s 95ft-high viewing platform and hurtled nearly 1,000ft across the Ship Canal’s black waters to the far bank.
Frank, from Sale, was a bomb-aimer during World War II and took part in the raids on Dresden as well as dropping food parcels over Holland. He went on to become a clerk for an investment firm after the war.
Frank now volunteers every Wednesday at the museum, where he tells visitors about his experience of the war.
Frank is raising money for Cash For Kids and his local church, St Paul’s in Sale, which needs a new roof.