Tears of relief after Birdman case ‘stress’

A TOWN centre manager has spoken of how she ‘burst into tears’ in relief when she learnt lengthy legal action brought by a Birdman competitor had been dismissed.

Sharon Clarke and the Town Centre Initiative tirelessly fought a claim against them from Steve Elkins, who claimed to have flown a £30,000 prize-winning 100 metres in the 2009 competition.

Sharon Clarke, right, at last year's Birdman

Sharon Clarke, right, at last year's Birdman

He was recorded on the day as agonisingly short, flying 99.86 metres, and years of disagreement ended-up in the courtroom, where a judge last week threw-out the claim.

The Herald broke the news of the victory last week, and now Mrs Clarke, the town centre manager, has spoken out about the ordeal.

See the video above for footage of Elkins’ flight, and reaction from Mrs Clarke.

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, March 6.