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Sky's the limit for X Factor's Althea at 91.

EVERGREEN entertainer Althea Gaye, who once starred on the X Factor, is set to face her fear of flying - at the grand old age of 91.

Althea from Hobs Moat, Solihull, has vowed not to let a leg infection halt her debut release into the skies next month, all in the name of charity.

And the gregarious greatgrandma, who is seeking sponsorship for Age UK Solihull, has been told she might even get to fly the Cessna 172 light aircraft.

"I am really nervous, but I want to face my fears to help such an important cause," she said.

It might be the first time Althea has hit the heady heights of a flight but she has already graced radio airwaves following her eyecatching performance on the X Factor in 2005.

Appearing under her stage name Pearly Queen Lottie, Althea failed to win over judges Simon Cowell, Brummie Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, but did endear herself to millions of viewers.

She and 13 other X Factor 'rejects' then formed The Rejex and released a cover of Nick Berry's 1980s hit Every Loser Wins with the proceeds going to charity.

Althea will be joined on her maiden voyage by longtime friend and musical partner Ray Fullard, aged 54, who is himself carrying a broken ankle.

"I'm more worried about Althea, but she's such a trooper so she'll be fine," he said.

Collectively they are known as the Octave Tinkling Twosome who have penned songs about significant events such as the Diamond Jubilee.

And the duo have also written a song about their aerial departure called Flight Of Lottie, which was recorded at Rich Bitch Studios in Selly Oak.

The 45-minute flight will take off from Wellesbourne Airfield in Warwickshire on September 8. Former British Airways pilot Ray Stock will captain the flight which he has arranged free of charge.

To sponsor the daredevil duo, visit virginmoneygiving.com/altheaflieshigh

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