A 93-year-old man who skydived 11,000ft to celebrate regaining his mobility has died .

Billy Hawes, of Tiptree, was the oldest person do a tandem skydive in South Africa.

The Second World War veteran had been housebound for four years and had relied on a wheelchair to get about until not long before the skydive in January.

He died last week on what would have been his late wife Hilda’s birthday.

He had spent a month in Colchester General Hospital but caught pneumonia upon his return home.