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Bikers provide a birthday surprise

AN OLD soldier got back on the road last week, thanks to some pals from the Greville Arms pub.

AN OLD soldier got back on the road last week, thanks to some pals from the Greville Arms pub.

Arthur Creythorne - who visits the pub twice a day - often shares stories with the other punters, about his time as a dispatch rider.

Serving with the Royal Artillery, he saw action in World War 2 and remained an avid biker - riding into his 80s.

Although he traded in his motorcycle a few years ago, staff decided to give Arthur a special treat to celebrate his 95th birthday.

Chris Cutler, manager at the Greville Arms, said: “There were over 30 motorcyclists, who drove to his home on Saturday and picked him up. Some of them were friends, others were just strangers who came along to help out.

“Arthur got into one of the side-cars and we took him on a short trip. He absolutely loved it and asked when he could do it again.”

Classic bikes and newer-models took part in the procession, with an off-duty policeman providing an escort.

The 12-mile ride also raised money for today’s servicemen - with over £500 collected for Help for Heroes.

Chris hopes that the figure will have doubled by the end of the month.

“The ride was about doing something for an old soldier and to raise money for the people serving today,” he added.

“I’d like to thank everyone who gave up their time and we’re pleased Arthur enjoyed it so much.

“He was a big motorcyclist and is always grumbling that they took his license off him.”

A birthday party for Arthur will be held at the Greville Arms tonight (Friday).

 

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