LESTER Pearce, of Royal Wootton Bassett, was greatly relieved to have completed his charity skydive at Old Sarum airfield, to benefit Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

He found the whole experience more terrifying than exhilarating. “Suddenly you are up there and leaving the aeroplane. I’m amazed I wasn't I was sick with terror!” admitted the 67-year-old retired former actor, whose tandem jump has raised at least £400 for the charity.

Lester, who has had trouble with his legs and hips, had been waiting to be fit enough for the challenge, and only recently had approval from a chiropractor. “I was told I’d be OK, but as the 7,000ft jump got nearer, tension mounted,” he said, after landing with his eyes tightly shut.

“I meant to look for the Cathedral on the way down, but I was so scared, I didn’t see the scenery. I admire the youngsters who took part and said it was wonderful, but I’m glad I've helped the Air Ambulance; it's a wonderful charity." said Lester.