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Mumm sets high dining record

Published:  23 July, 2008

A former SAS soldier and an explorer who has scaled Mount Everest have helped break the world record for the highest formal dinner party.

The duo were joined by Royal Navy Lt Cdr Alan Veal, who, with ex-SAS man Grylls, enjoyed a three-course meal and a bottle of Mumm Champagne Grand Cru at a height of nearly 25,000ft, in between hurried gulps from oxygen masks. The diners then plummeted to earth at 120mph before deploying parachutes and landing at the Ston Easton hotel near Bath.

The world record wasn't without its drama, as at one point the table platform spun upside down, dislodging Veal's oxygen supply, but the team's six-week training programme paid off, beating the old record by more than 1,000ft.

Grylls said: There were a few moments up there with Al that were touch and go, and I'm just so relieved we all made it down safely. I can't quite believe that we've managed to pull this off.'