MOST men celebrate their 50th birthday by tucking into a good meal and downing a few drinks with friends and family, but Banff oil worker Nick Gale is certainly not one of them.
Nick, who lives in Whinhill Road, celebrated his half-century last Thursday by clambering on to a rowing machine on the BP Forties Bravo platform and tackling a marathon 30km scull for charity.
Egged on by his workmates and with support from his wife Trish and sons Mark (24), Johnathon (22), Jack (19) and 14-year-old Drew back home, Nick drove himself to his physical limit to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity, which provides priceless support for injured British servicemen.
“Nick picked Help for Heroes because he knows people in the armed forces and he regarded it as a good cause when he was thinking about doing something for charity,” said Trish.
“He’s a naturally fit guy who loves his sport. He’s a former member of the Great Britain judo team and he played rugby for Banff Rugby Club for a number of years.Read the full story in your Banffshire Journal, on sale now.