FOUR superheroes helped to save the day - and end of year festivities - for a Bickington pensioner. John Pitt, 76, was on his way to a New Year s Eve party aboard a houseboat moored alongside Bideford Quay when he took a tumble on the gangplank after his

FOUR superheroes helped to save the day - and end of year festivities - for a Bickington pensioner.John Pitt, 76, was on his way to a New Year's Eve party aboard a houseboat moored alongside Bideford Quay when he took a tumble on the gangplank after his walking stick broke in two.Fellow party-goers, Caped Wonders Natalie Blackwell and Victoria Jones, and Ghostbusters, Lisa Brown and Chloe Wiskin, all of Taunton, were on hand to spring into action."My friends and I were at the party when we noticed that one of the guests had unfortunately tripped over when trying to board the boat," Victoria told the Gazette."He was lying face down unable to get up, had dislocated his finger and was in a very distressed state."We helped get him to his feet and I then packed his finger with ice before, at his request, managing to correct his finger."John, who went on to enjoy a party he would otherwise have missed, thanked the girls for their kindness .He said: "The pain was terrible and at first I thought I had broken my little finger."But luckily, Victoria is trained in first aid and put my finger in ice before clicking it back into place perfectly."I didn't go in a costume, but after my fall, I said that I had come dressed as a patient from the television programme, Casualty," joked John, who said he had since visited the doctor to check there was no damage other than bruising. "I had an absolutely wonderful evening and stayed to watch the fireworks," he added.