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Royal Marines join vicar for Taunton church abseil
Rev Rod Corke starts making his way down the 168ft tower of St Mary Magdalene Church. PHOTO: Geoff Hall
Crowds had gathered to support the event, which saw the plucky souls take the plunge to raise funds for the church’s £300,000 Bells of St Mary’s appeal to re-hang the bells on a new carillon.
Rev Rod Corke, 54, his curate Rev Paul Tullett and several other brave volunteers who are supporting the appeal completed the daring stunt after training from the Royal Marines.
Afterwards Mr Corke said: “It was a wonderful experience. I felt confident with the training, but when you take that first step out it is terrifying. I could hear the cheering and I was saying
prayers, which both helped.
“I am so grateful to the Marines – they made me feel very secure when I was quite scared. They are the real heroes here and I wish them well on their upcoming tour. What I did was nothing compared
to what they will be doing in Afghanistan.
“All in all it was a fantastic event, although once in a whole lifetime is enough for me!”
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