Hazel is reaching for the skies

Former model and vicar's wife-to-be Hazel Trudger, 35, takes to the skies for her first helicopter flying lesson, with Eddie Todd, of VIP Helicopters. Picture: Liz Mockler D9154LM
Former model and vicar's wife-to-be Hazel Trudger, 35, takes to the skies for her first helicopter flying lesson, with Eddie Todd, of VIP Helicopters. Picture: Liz Mockler D9154LM
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CLERGY wife-to-be Hazel Trudgen is determined not to fit into the sterotypical mould of twinset and pearls, home--made jams and cakes.

For just weeks ahead of her wedding to local vicar Andrew Allington Hazel took to the skies to take the first step towards fulfilling a life-long ambition to be a helicopter pilot.

Hazel had her first lesson on her 35th birthday on Tuesday under the expert tutelage of former jet provost air display pilot Eddie Todd.

“It was really good. There were 40 knot winds so it was quite exhilarating,” said Hazel, who marries the Vicar of Stainforth on July 9 in his parish church, St Mary’s.

Extreme sports fan Hazel, who led an adventurous globe-trotting life before returning home to Dunsville when she was struck down by the debilitating condition ME, is using the private pilot training - which could take up to 60 lessons - to aid her recovery too.

“Doing something as big as learing to fly a helicopter gets me to focus on achieving it,” she said.

But her arrival for the wedding ceremony to be conducted by the outgoing Bishop of Doncaster, the Right Reverend Cyril Ashton, will be by a more sedate means of transport - horse and carriage