SOLIHULL’S most generous son has surprised his car-mad parents by buying them a Mercedes for their 60th wedding anniversary.
It’s not the first time Steve Morris has presented mum and dad, Alfie and Elsie, with a car either, having given them a new E Class Mercedes 15 years ago.
“I’m shell shocked,” said 81-year-old Elsie. “It’s just such a lovely thought.”
“My heart’s still going,” added Alfie, also 81. “I’ve always been a fan of the Mercedes.
“I spent 60 years in the motor trade. When people in other professions get to the top, they go for a Rolls or a Bentley, but those in the trade always go for a Mercedes.
“It’s a wonderful, wonderful surprise.”
Steve, who lives in the south of France, had secretly arranged for staff at Mercedes Solihull garage to deliver the car to his parents’ Shirley address on Wednesday, March 6.
“They thought I was joking,” said former Lyndon School pupil Steve.
“When the penny dropped, dad was in it like a rat up a drainpipe.
“It’s fantastic to be in a position where I can treat them. We’re all close and they deserve it.
“Mind you, it’ll have to be another 15 years before I can save up for the next surprise.”
“Steve is the CEO of a company with over 100 employees but you’d never know that from talking to him,” said his proud dad.
“He isn’t a show off but every now and then he likes to spoil his parents.”
Tim Allen, from Mercedes Solihull, who helped deliver the car, said: “We were all sworn to secrecy.
“We don’t get this sort of thing happening very often.”
Mr and Mrs Morris, who married on November 1, 1952, said the generous gift was the cherry on top of 60 happy years.