A 92-year-old from Devizes got the chance to get behind the wheel again as a special Father's Day treat. 

Terry Collier gave up driving two years ago due to health reasons, having originally passed his test in 1947. 

Seeing how much he missed driving, daughter Julia Connolly decided to book a driving lesson for her father on private property.   

A quick online search found Young Driver, which – although it primarily offers driving lessons to 10-17 year-olds – has no upper age limit and is open to anyone who wishes to have a go behind the wheel in a safe environment and with a fully qualified instructor.   

Terry got to enjoy doing one of his favourite things in the comfort of the luxurious Bentley Flying Spur at the Young Driver venue in Wroughton.   

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Young’ Driver welcomes 92-year old Devizes pupil for a special driving lesson.Young’ Driver welcomes 92-year old Devizes pupil for a special driving lesson.

Originally hailing from Watford, Terry and his wife moved to Devizes in 1965.   

Terry was a residential social worker and is a grandfather to six and a great grandfather to seven.   

Terry said: “It was fantastic being behind the wheel again, I really have missed it.  

“It all came straight back to me- I’d never driven a Bentley before, so that was a great experience.   

“I learned in a Morris Minor and I’ve driven lots of different makes and models since I passed my test at age 18 – including caravans and campervans... It was great to see lots of young people learning to drive too.  

“My advice to anyone newly behind the wheel would be to always take yours and other people’s safety seriously, and be careful and considerate on the road- it’s not worth the risk.”   

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing for Young Driver, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Terry along to our Wroughton venue.   

“We’re so pleased he enjoyed having the opportunity to be behind the wheel again. Although our pupils are typically under 17, we do have lots of people come along who may not be able to drive on the roads for one reason or another.  

“Because we operate on private land and with highly trained instructors in dual-controlled cars, it’s a perfectly safe place to give it a go. Our pupils just aren’t usually as experienced as Terry.”