Britain’s longest continuous driver, George Geeson, celebrates 100th birthday


Britain’s longest continuous driver, George Geeson, is celebrating today after he reached his 100th birthday – and received a three-year extension to his licence.

George has clocked up millions of miles by driving for a staggering 85 years without ever having an accident.

The grandfather-of-three has never taken a formal driving test but is in such good health the DVLA has granted him a three-year extension to his licence.

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He received a telegram from the Queen following his 100th birthday on Thursday, which celebrated with friends and family.

Former garage owner George, of South Witham, near Grantham, Lincs., said the extension is ”as important” as the telegram from the Queen.

He said: ”When I first started driving there was no test, you just got on with it. I was very lucky because a gentleman in the village used to let me drive his Model T Ford.

”I am the longest continuous driver in the country and I’m very proud to have made it to 100 without having caused an accident.

”In many ways receiving the extension to my license is just as important as the telegram from the Queen.

”I haven’t got any medical problems and my eyesight is fine so I’d like to keep going for as long as I’m in good health.

”I don’t want to predict how much longer I can carry on driving but hopefully for a good while yet.”

George first drove at the age of 15 in 1925 driving a Model T Ford and bought his first car, a Wyllis-Overland Whippet, 10 years later for two pounds and ten shillings (£2.50).

In the past 85 years he has only ever been involved in one accident – when another motorist shunted into the back of him in the pouring rain in 1958.

George received a three-year extension to his driving licence last week after he filled in a form sent to him by the DVLA.

Because he still has ”excellent” eyesight and no medical problems he is legally entitled to continue driving.

George now drives a red Peugeot 106 and clocks up an average of 20 miles every week travelling to his local shops.

George lives with wife Viola, 97, who is disabled, is expecting 160 people to attend his birthday party on Sunday.

As George celebrates his milestone, 19-year-old Katie Gillard is starting here career as the UK’s youngest lorry driver.


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