Soldiers give public chance to enjoy sky-diving with a difference in Hebburn

Sergeant Dave Walker having some parachute equipment checked.
Sergeant Dave Walker having some parachute equipment checked.

Soldiers will give thrill-seekers the chance to try skydiving with a difference in South Tyneside tomorrow.

The event, which will take place in Hebburn, will offer people the experience of jumping out of planes and driving tanks using 3D glasses.

The Army Reserve is hosting it at the Army Reserve Centre, at Lillico House on Victoria Road West.

Members of the public will be able to try the 360-degree Oculus Rift technology at an open day run by the Newcastle branch of Reserve paratroopers.

Captain Tim Fleming MBE, of 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (4PARA), said: “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment – it’s like you’re up there in the sky.

“It’s the most realistic experience without getting in a plane.”

The event, which starts at 10am and will also feature the RAF and Royal Navy, will include more than a dozen army units from across Yorkshire and the North East.

There will also be a chance for people to join the British Army Reserve.

Sergeant Dave Walker, of 4 PARA, added: “The British Army Reserve gives you opportunities which you don’t get on Civvie Street.

“It offers more than your run-of-the-mill, nine to five job including overseas trips, adventure training and scuba diving.

“You get paid for it too on top of your full-time job, which is a real bonus.”

The Army Reserve Centre, where the event will take place, is home to C Company – The Newcastle and North East branch of 4PARA.

Soldiers from all walks of life, performing roles ranging from snipers to personal training instructors, will be at the event.

Members of the public will be able to handle military weapons and kit, including thermal imaging goggles and laser sights.

Recruiting staff will be on hand to speak to anyone who is interested.