Tak­ing the road less trav­elled

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

YOUR ar­ti­cle about driv­ing a Land Rover at East­nor Cas­tle (Oc­to­ber 19) re­minded me of a re­cent fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion. My grand­fa­ther was 98 in Septem­ber and we were strug­gling for a suit­able present, but his life­long love of cars pro­vided one thought.

On the big day, we took him to the Land Rover Ex­pe­ri­ence in Devon, where he calmly drove a Range Rover down 45˚ gra­di­ents and into un­com­fort­ably deep wa­ter with a huge smile. Con­sid­er­ing he’s never driven a 4x4, is par­tially dis­abled due to child­hood po­lio and is deaf, he com­pleted the course mag­nif­i­cently and, upon be­ing awarded his cer­tifi­cate, was told he was the old­est man to have com­pleted the course.

At this time of un­cer­tainty, it’s a shame to hear so much neg­a­tiv­ity in our coun­try. When I ask my grand­fa­ther about the past, his re­sponse is: ‘I’m not in­ter­ested in the past—i’m only in­ter­ested in the fu­ture.’ Per­haps we could all try to adopt his at­ti­tude? Guy Wilson, Mon­mouthshire

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