Freewheeling Dilys on the road to competition success

July 03 2016

YOUNG-at-heart Dilys Frampton has been shortlisted in a nationwide search to find the UK’s most colourful older characters.

Dilys Frampton

YOUNG-at-heart Dilys Frampton has been shortlisted in a nationwide search to find the UK’s most colourful older characters.
Dilys, 88, who has been described as a Hell’s Angel on her mobility scooter, is a South West regional finalist in the contest run by retirement house builder McCarthy and Stone.
The competition for the over-60s is aimed at rewarding people who live life to the full and don’t let their age be a barrier.
Dilys, who lives in Yate, said her fly-by-night attitude and zest for life could help her in the competition.
She said: “I love Sudoku, I love going shopping and I always ride my scooter into town – I’ve been told I’m a bit of a Hell’s Angel on it.
“I go to drawing nights and game nights at the development where I live and I also enjoy playing skittles. I love singing, giving cuddles and I think it’s important to laugh a lot and not take life too seriously.”
TV personality Arlene Phillips will be among the judges who will select the South West’s winner out of three shortlisted candidates.
The regional winner will then go forward to the national final, which will be decided by public vote in August.
 Debby Pavitt, from McCarthy and Stone South West, said: “We meet colourful characters at our developments every day and want to highlight that life doesn’t end when you retire.
“Retirees today are re-defining what it means to grow old. They are independent, active individuals who are seeking new experiences and fulfilling lifelong ambitions.”