Naked skydivers bid for world record

NAIROBI – As gloomy headlines multiplied in the wake of last year’s Brexit vote, four Britons decided to cheer up their divided country by setting a new world record for skydiving. Naked.

Pete Sharwood-Smith, Gary Lincoln-Hope, Pete Cheek and Olly Aylott jumped from a plane 22,400 feet above a Kenyan beach on Thursday, aiming for the world record for the highest naked jump and appealing for unity after the bruising referendum campaign.

“We’re not allied to any political party, we just want to reinforce the positive aspects of being British and British people are known for doing silly things, especially after the pub,” said 43-year-old Mr Sharwood-Smith, a red-haired Scot.

“England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland — we’re all better together.”

Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016. Planning for the jump began about six months ago.

The Guinness Book of World Records said naked skydiving was not a category it monitored, but Jeff Dawson, who founded the US-based Society for the Advancement of Naked Skydiving, said the highest naked jump he knew of was 18,000 feet.

Mr Cheek, a 39-year-old web designer and photographer from London, said he also jumped to celebrate his father Pat Cheek, who often did gardening or construction work naked before he died of cancer 10 years ago.

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