A POSTMAN from Trowbridge overcame the disappointment of not having a skydive on his birthday by finally completing the hair-raising event on Monday.

Mr Barnes of Amouracre, had planned to celebrate his 65th birthday with a 15,000 feet skydive over Salisbury but this was scuppered due to high winds.

After patiently waiting for over a week, the postman finally hurled himself out the plane on Monday morning, raising more than £1,600 in the process which will go towards installing a sensory garden at residential care home Primrose Lodge and Lavender House, in The Down.

"It was the most exhilarating experience. I will not forget that in a hurry. It truly was a marvellous thing to do," he said.

"I was praying that it would not get called off again. The first time I went up for it I had to wait for eight hours before they called it up but thankfully there was little to no wind and the sun was out. It was a bit hazy so I could not see as far into the distance as you are supposed to, but what I could see was incredible.

"I am delighted to have raised so much for the care home where my 22-year-old daughter Leanne is so well looked after. I would not mind doing it again for charity, I enjoyed it so much."