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King Kong, Superman and Spiderwoman among 100 to climb 200ft down County Hall
KING Kong was seen climbing Buckinghamshire's council headquarters on Saturday.
The monstrous ape of film fame scaled County Hall and the incredible sight was not limited to the fearsome beast, with Superman and Spiderwoman also spotted by onlookers.
The cinema heroes were in fact participants in a major fundraising abseil.
Council chief executive Chris Williams dressed as Superman.
He said: "My outfit hadn’t had an airing for a while - and the Almighty Abseil was definitely a job for Superman.
"I really enjoyed doing the abseil, never having abseiled before. It was great fun and I would like to have gone again.
"I was really sorry to disappoint a little boy who asked me why Superman didn't fly down head first and I had to tell him that I wasn't allowed to wear my cape, so couldn't fly today."
The crowds turned out to watch 100 people, ranging from teenagers to those in their seventies, abseil 200 feet down the side of Aylesbury’s County Hall building.
Paul Smith, 41, a journalist, from Fairford Leys, donned the King Kong costume, but unlike the fictional icon, who fell from the Empire State building, he did not topple to the ground.
He admitted it was scary and said: "If I was going to fall to my death doing it as King Kong was probably the most ironic death I could imagine."
It is not the first unusual challenge he has taken on. In 2012 he was Britain's stair climbing champion.
"That was going up buildings, so the abseil was fun to turn it on its head," he said.
The event raised £12,500 for Buckinghamshire Youth Bank.
Council Leader Martin Tett was the first to abseil. He said: "It was terrifying being up on the roof waiting to abseil, but once I started to descend it felt really good - then suddenly it was all over and my feet were touching the ground."
www.buckscc.gov.uk/education/youth-service/youth-space/get-involved/youthbank/ To add to King Kong's fundraising tally go to: http://localgiving.com/fundraising/whatgoesup?
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