Couple turn holiday into extreme event

DAREDEVIL couple Joe and Jean Cass are today proof that age is no barrier when it comes to living life to the full.On impulse Joe, 81 and Jean, 78, of Felix Close, Kesgrave, went for an adventure of a lifetime when they decided to go parasailing on holiday in Menorca.

DAREDEVIL couple Joe and Jean Cass are today proof that age is no barrier when it comes to living life to the full.

On impulse Joe, 81 and Jean, 78, of Felix Close, Kesgrave, went for an adventure of a lifetime when they decided to go parasailing on holiday in Menorca.

The parasailing pensioners were encouraged to have a go by their son David Cass, 56, of Irlam Road, Ipswich.

He said: “As you can see from the pictures, they were both really excited and keen to go for it.


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“They were in the air for about 15 minutes, suspended in a harness below a parachute, being towed along behind a speedboat at heights of around 100 feet.

“It's quite an achievement for people of their age. There are people only half their age who wouldn't dare to try it!”

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The couple, who are due to celebrate their diamond wedding in January 2008, enjoy an active retirement and were pleased to add parasailing to their string of achievements.

Mrs Cass said: “When my son suggested it we wondered if we should do it or not. It's not something we would have considered beforehand but we thought 'why not?'.

“And it was fantastic being up so high. We were able to look down on the hotels and it was really quite an experience.

“We looked at each other and laughed when we were going down, side by side.

“I don't think I could have done it on my own.”

Mr Cass said: “We thoroughly enjoyed it. It's something we weren't expecting to do but we were lured into it by our son.

“It was great.”

The couple, who have three children and four grandchildren, celebrated their parasail with a bottle of champagne.

But son David said: “They didn't really need the alcohol as they were still on a high from the trip.”

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