Birthday wish comes true for Axminster care home resident

Frank Piper celebrates his 91st birtdhay with a ride in a vintage motorbike and sidecar. Picture Tud

Frank Piper celebrates his 91st birtdhay with a ride in a vintage motorbike and sidecar. Picture Tudor Cottage - Credit: Archant

Motorcycle fan Frank Piper, 91, gets to ride in a vintage sidecar

Frank Piper. Picture Tudor Cottage

Frank Piper. Picture Tudor Cottage - Credit: Archant

Former TT racer Frank Piper has not lost his desire for two-wheeled action – even at 91.

He celebrated his recent birthday with a ride on a vintage motorcycle and sidecar.

The outing was arranged by staff at The Tudor Cottage care home in South Street, Axminster, where Frank is one of the residents.

They put a request on Facebook for someone with a vintage bike to make his special birthday wish come true.


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Kind-hearted Vincent Hennery, from Chard, answered the call and took Frank for a spin around the area.

Mandy Larcombe, manager at Tudor Cottage, said it had been a very generous thing to do.

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She added: “Frank has had a life-long love of motorbikes and rode in the Isle of Man TT races in his younger days.

“Here at Tudor cottage our ambition is to provide a caring, welcoming and family-orientated home for all our residents.”

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