Bucks Freemasons abseil down 420 foot lift tower for charity

Phil Blacklaw (left) and Hugh Douglas Smith prepare for their abseil
Phil Blacklaw (left) and Hugh Douglas Smith prepare for their abseil

Two members of the Bucks Freemasons abseiled down a 420 foot lift tower in Northamptonshire in order to raise funds to go towards the organisation of the 2021 Bucks Masonic Festival.

The daredevil challenge was completed by the Bucks deputy provincial grand master Hugh Douglas Smith and the assistant provincial grand master Phil Blacklaw.

Northampton Lift Tower

Northampton Lift Tower

The pair abseiled down the National Lift Tower at Tower Square, Northampton with plenty of butterflies in their stomachs as the tower stands at 420 ft high.

In the build-up Hugh joked of his cunning plan to avoid the adventure by attempting to eat enough to make himself too heavy for the ropes, thus preventing his participation!

Meanwhile, his abseiling partner Phil took the precaution of not telling his nearest and dearest of his planned descent so they received a lovely surprise on the day.

On a pleasant summer afternoon both men arrived unscathed at the foot of the tower having, so far, raised more than £2500 for the 2021 charity festival.

Phil and Hugh take part in their abseil

Phil and Hugh take part in their abseil