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Football fan Ken still driving to Barrow AFC games at age of 100

A VETERAN motorist from Kirkby-in-Furness in Cumbria is proving that age is nothing but a number after reaching his 100th birthday.

Ken Harper still hits the road in his 2001 Renault Clio – despite reaching his century on Monday December 10.

Mr Harper, who worked as a engineering inspector at Vickers Shipyard in Barrow, said without his car he would struggle to get by.

He said: “When I get in that driving seat there’s nothing wrong with my eyes, and there’s nothing wrong with my hands. I can’t walk far but my car’s a life-saver.”

The avid Barrow AFC fan started riding motorbikes at the age of 16, but got his first car in 1934 after a few lessons with a friend.

“It was a Ford 8, and I saved up and got it for £100. With leather upholstery and a fold-down roof it was supposed to be £125, but I bartered them down to £100,” he said.

Mr Harper, of Sandside Lane, Kirkby, said he used his car to go shopping, for social calls and to get to the Furness Building Society Stadium to watch Barrow AFC.

He said: “I usually go with my neighbour but if he’s busy I go on my own.

“Without my car I would be completely isolated, living up here. I have a niece in Barrow but I haven’t got any family of my own. I lost my wife in 1989 and have been on my own since then.”

Comparing driving nowadays to the roads of the past eight decades, he said: “You have to be much more careful today, there’s a lot of silly buggers on the road. The young ones today, when they learn to drive they think they can do anything. But there’s always something we can learn about driving. Even today I learn new things.”

Mr Harper, who served in the Home Guard in World War Two, was born in Barrow but moved to Kirkby with his wife, Nellie, in 1940, after a bombing raid.

The Bluebirds fan was presented with a special 100 commemorative shirt on Friday December 7, at the game against Hereford United.

Despite a run of poor results, Mr Harper predicts his team will “scrape through” and avoid relegation.

“They play good football but they can’t score goals. I think the manager will bring in some new players in January,” he said.

Have your say

Many here are "assuming" this bloke has not been re-tested on a regular basis, I "assume" the DVLA are well aware of his age and make sure he follows all policies and procedures, Lighten up peeps.

Posted by Baz Eye on 25 December 2012 at 17:43

Ha ha ha......Im an ELITE cyclist??

What a goon.

Posted by Bah humbug on 20 December 2012 at 16:56

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