Hugh Burkitt at his peak

Old photos are awful. Those nasty NHS specs, that dreadful haircut, the compromising pose… No need to spare a thought, then, for lucky old Hugh Burkitt. His old photos show a strapping young conqueror, proudly showing a bit of leg (the Diary has spared you) atop a respectful Mount Kilimanjaro.

Although the premature comb-over is something of a no-no, the photo was so great he’s planning to revisit it, in aid of Voluntary Service Overseas, the charity that first posted him to Tanzania in 1967. The problem is, he’ll have to climb a 19,340ft hill to do so…

You can sponsor this hunky trekker by visiting: vso.org.uk/giving. Please remember to type “Hugh Burkitt. Kili Trek 2005” in the “What brought you to our website?” box.

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