Meet the Boy Racers of Ribchester!
While most of us might be putting our feet up as we get a little older, Ron Williams, 91, and John Crowther, 87, are determined to live life to the full.
The pair are a familiar sight in the village...gadding about on their mobility scooters.
Now the pair have had inspired some literature - with a poem about them being penned by master wordsmith, quiz setter and local poet Roger Dolphin.
Former Preston Trades Council vice-chairman and one-time JP Ron and former village joiner John used their scooters to get out and about and enjoy the summer’s sunnier days.
Ron, of Blackburn Road, and John, of Water Street, are near neighbours and friends. Both had found their freedom limited, with difficulty walking. But, as so many others have found, a mobility scooter can transform your life and that of others, as noted by Roger in his humorous tongue-in-cheek verse entitled Boy Racers.
The mobility scooters and their riders have proved a memorable addition to the local street scene.
Roger’s poem noted:
“It isn’t Ribby’s teenagers who drive their cars too fast
“And make pedestrians jump in fear as they motor past.
“No, a pair of senior citizens, who average eighty-nine,
“John Crowther and Ron Williams, decided it was time,
“They got improved mobility so they could trawl the streets
“Each got himself a scooter: far quicker than the feet...”
Ron, who was Preston area organiser for shopworkers’ union USDAW for 30 years and vice-chairman of the Board of Visitors at Kirkham prison had a chuckle at the poem, saying: “I thought it was very, very good.
“The scooter only goes eight miles an hour, but it seems very fast in the streets!”
John’s wife, Maureen, said: “I thought it was great fun.”
Meanwhile John ,too, appreciated the poem.
Maureen bought John his scooter from Ron as a birthday gift for her husband in August and it has been well used.
John said: “ It’s definitely made a difference in that it’s given me a bigger range.”