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South Witham man is motoring on at 105 years old

105-year-old George Geeson with his son Robert.
105-year-old George Geeson with his son Robert.

An 105-year-old motorbike enthusiast showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated his birthday with family and friends at his local pub in South Witham.

Yesterday George Geeson reached the rare milestone and said: “I don’t feel any different to when I turned 104.”

Many will know George from the Geeson Brothers garage on the A1 which he ran with his younger brother Leonard for over 30 years. Later, they opened a motorcycle museum in South Witham.

George used to race motorbikes, and among those who joined him for a birthday lunch at the Blue Cow Inn were former competitors. He gave up driving at the grand old age of 102, but does still legally hold a licence.

Moreover, he still attends motoring events, including the recent hill climb at Syston, and will often join son Robert to see what he is tinkering with in his workshop.

Robert relates fondly how his dad ensured he had his own mini truck when he turned 17, and also restored other cars and motorbikes for him. Their close relationship is reflected in the fact that they live next door to each other.

George is also extremely proud of his daughter Dr Janet Houghton who lives in the USA and has a high-profile career in cancer research. He also has two granddaughters, Nicole and Emma.

Those looking to George for the secret to a long life may have to give up on the odd tipple. “I have been teetotal all my life,” he said. “I used to smoke but gave it up in 1981. And I am proof that keeping to a sensible diet does prolong life.”


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