Wellington fall victim thanks twinkle toes and late sister for keeping him alive (From This is The West Country)
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Wellington fall victim thanks twinkle toes and late sister for keeping him alive
A MAN who fell from the roof of a bungalow said his dancing background and late sister looking over him saved his life.
Professor Edward Thomas, 66, from Pitts Farm Park Homes in Wellington, was cleaning the moss from the roof of a friend’s house in Lower Mantle Street when his safety rope and supportive straps snapped.
Yet he only suffered a crushed ankle and scratches to his shoulder.
It has been a traumatic time for Prof Thomas who lost his sister, Pauline Corbett, 73, five weeks ago to a sudden illness.
Prof Thomas, who describes himself as fit for his age, claimed the spirit of his sister and his experience as a jive and tap dancer helped him come away from the incident relatively unscathed.
He told the County Gazette: “When I realised I was falling I got on top of the ladder and surfed down it because I am still quite quick on my feet.
“I surfed down around ten feet and then fell the other 12 feet.
“This isn’t really pain – losing my sister was and she was on my shoulder looking over me when it happened.”
After his fall, well-wishers rushed up to ask how he was and Prof Thomas, who will have his ankle in plaster for six weeks, said the support from his neighbours has been fantastic.
Prof Thomas had hoped to set up a jive school in Wellington but this will now be put on hold to a later date.
He said that instead he hopes to set up a tailoring business, drawing on his 52 years as a master bespoke tailor, 29 of those for the Queen’s secretary at Buckingham Palace.
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