Lily Cove

Parachute Tragedy at Haworth Gala


Lily Cove was a happy go lucky twenty one year old from East London who made a name for herself as a fearless and daredevil parachutist. She travelled the country with Captain Frederick Bidmead a stunt balloonist who was her manager, performing at fetes and gala’s where she jumped from a balloon and parachuted to the ground. Bidmead is reputed to have made 83 parachute descents in his career, and had already appeared at Keighley fund raising events for the local hospital in 1898 and 1900.

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