Tony’s the oldest springer in town

Friday 18th February 2022 9:50 am
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Tony Geraghty is still performing at the age of 90. Pics: SWNS

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FORMER paratrooper Tony Geraghty is still performing daredevil stunts – trampolining at the age of 90.

Retired military journalist and Blitz survivor Tony, who lived in Ross-on-Wye for many years until recently, took up bouncing as a hobby in 1992 as a way to stay fit.

And the pensioner, who attends classes twice a week in Hereford, says he has no plans to slow down his active lifestyle.

Now living in Hope-in-Dinmore north of the city, Suez Crisis and Gulf War vet Tony said: “I survived the German Blitz during the war in London in the 1940s.

“That, alongside being of the generation of believing in compulsory military service, made me aware of the need of keeping a good active life.

“After being active in the military, from working in the Suez Canal Crisis in the 1950s to the Gulf War in the 1990s, I thought I best do something to keep fit.

“I went along to a trampolining taster session about 30 years ago. As soon as I did a few jumps I was hooked.

“I love it. It helps me with my co-ordination and sense of balance – you tend to lose out of those as you get older.

“I took it up and have enjoyed doing it ever since. It is fun and good for you. I am happy to just bounce.

“I have not won any titles, or taken part in any national competitions, I just do it for the fun.

“My coaches are fantastic; they look after me. I used to be able to do somersaults front and back without a harness.”

Tony joined the Parachute Regiment as part of his National Service in the 1950s and has done more than 400 free-fall skydive jumps.

After becoming a reservist, he was a reporter with The Sunday Times for 14 years and has written several books about the military and the SAS.

According to his website, he was called up to serve in the First Gulf War with Nimrod Detachment on intelligence missions, and later as UK liaison officer with US headquarters staff in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and was awarded the US Joint Service Medal for Military Merit and the UK Gulf Medal.

Despite turning 90 on January 13, Tony – who has two grandchildren and lives with his wife of 38-years, 76-year-old Gillian – aims to keep exercising, saying: “I won’t stop. I won’t slow down. My wife and family support me in going.

“I have enjoyed physical activity ever since I was a child.

“When I retired I wanted to stay active. It is not just trampolining though; I still love going to the gym now and again and running.

“After such a busy and active life, in the military, travelling the world and reporting, you need to keep going.”

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