I’ve seen this old boy several times when walking along the prom, and talked to him on occasion too. Everyone knows him, and this particular day I learned his name.
And a lot else besides.
He’s got to be in his late 80s and still has a sparkle in his eye and a spring in his step, even if he does lean on a wheeled trolley to get him from point A to point B.
In short, he is amazing, and fascinating to talk to.
He walks along the prom practically every day from the other resort, then has a cup of coffee before turning round and heading back. It’s a distance of over 6 miles for him and if he goes up into town here, that adds another 2 to his journey.
He used to work as a fireman on the steam engines, for the grand sum of £15 a week, which was a lot in those days. When steam was replaced by diesel and electric, he was trained as a driver, and earned………….. £5 a week less!
He worked on the Flying Scotsman he said……… as an engineer when it was in for repairs. Wow.
He also holds a degree in Geology, is a qualified teacher and gives talks on philosophy, for which he has a diploma.
I bet when he was a younger man, life with him was never dull!