The drop on the Tyne is all mine, all mine

Billy Mitchell taking part in the abseil.

Billy Mitchell taking part in the abseil.

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A music legend joined other intrepid fundraisers to abseil down an iconic building on the River Tyne.

Billy Mitchell, singer with north east band Lindisfarne, abseiled down the side of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead Quayside in aid of the Northern Head and Neck Cancer Fund (HANC).

Eight years ago, Billy, from Cullercoats, was diagnosed with neck cancer but thanks to early detection and the work of specialised health professionals, he has now been given a clean bill of health.

The event was the first time that a public abseil had been attempted down the front of the BALTIC with the fundraisers starting their descent from the roof, passing the viewing space and ending their 125ft-long leap safely on the building’s glass roof entrance.

Billy was joined by nursing staff, doctors, surgeons, dental students and other supporters of HANC.

Billy said: “It was a great experience but not one I’d like to repeat in a hurry. The views over the Tyne were stunning when I opened my eyes but it was all worth it knowing that the money raised is going to help save lives.”

Anyone wishing to donate can still do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/northernheadneckcancerfund