John Hartley meets Nora Wilby
Possibly the oldest active touring caravanner in Britain has turned 100.
John Hartley celebrated his 100th birthday on the 24th November. Born in Liverpool but now living near Chester, he is still very much full of life and enjoys touring the country with his daughter Margaret, who herself is now over 70 years old.
John’s brand new Sprite Alpine touring caravan is insured by Caravan Guard – and we’ve offered him a year’s free insurance as a Happy Birthday gift to celebrate this momentous occasion. We have insured John’s caravans for a number of years and Nora Wilby, our Director, visited in person to wish him happy birthday. Nora had this to say,
“John’s our first policyholder to turn one hundred, it’s a fantastic achievement to still be so active at his age, and we are delighted to be able offer him this special birthday gift to help him continue with his much loved hobby.”
Active John goes for a long walk everyday when at home, enjoys the countryside when he travels with his tourer and even planted the tree given to him as a present for his 100th Birthday.
Most would see receiving their 100th Birthday telegram from the Queen as a sign to slow down, but not John, who says he’ll carry on regardless with his outdoor lifestyle.
John’s done his fair share of travelling during his lifetime and has flown to various exotic destinations around the world, but still says that caravanning is his favourite past time with Scotland being his favourite touring location.
Nora with John and his daughter Margaret
“I’ve been to pretty much everywhere on the continent, as well as New Zealand and Africa, but caravanning suits me better. The one place we like to go to is ‘Old Shore More’ situated near Cape Wrath on the top left of Scotland – we love it there.”
We have no upper age limit on our tourer caravan insurance policy. We offer extensive cover with great discounts – including 10% off for caravanners over 30 years of age! Call 08452 77 70 70 to find out more or get a quote online.
Meanwhile we’re keen to hear if anyone can challenge John as Britain’s oldest caravanner. Caravanners wishing to stake their claim should write to Neil Walker at Caravan Guard, New Road, Halifax, HX1 2JZ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.