Home   News   Article

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.”



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More