Sponsored Parachute Jump

Chris Allen

Some of the officers, based at Swindon Road Cheltenham, who took part in a sponsored solo parachute jump at Shobdon Airfield in aid of the Cobalt Unit at Cheltenham General Hospital.
At front of photo Instructor and world record holder, Dave Parchment (former SAS). Left to right Police Constables Ray Bray, Chris Allen, Doug Stokes, Mike Francis, Paul Boak, Graham Stevens , Police Sergeant Tony Poulter.
(Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 10791)


This took place because Tony’ Poulter’s late wife, Shirley, had already taken part on a parachute jump with some colleagues, so Dave Parchment lay down the gauntlet, inviting the police to emulate them.

Thank you to Tony Poulter and Martyn Hillier for the extra information

This page was added on 16/03/2021.

Comments about this page

  • Tony was a larger than life character and there was a very kind side to him. I remember I had a leaking engine oil seal on my Ford Escort when I was stationed at Swindon Road. He borrowed a special tool from his brother in law at Bristol Street Motors and let me change it in my lunch break!

    By Leslie Abbott (08/02/2022)
  • RIP Tony Poulter, funeral 7th February 2022

    By Will (06/02/2022)

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