Garage owner celebrates 80th birthday at work

Mick Handy has no intention of retiring

Garage owner celebrates 80th birthday at work
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A mechanic from North Yorkshire has celebrated his 80th birthday by doing what he loves best: working at the garage he has owned for 30 years.

Mick Handy works Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5pm, and on Saturday mornings for customers who are unable to get to the garage during the working week.

Family members told The Northern Echo: “He has been working as a mechanic since the late 1960s after finishing his service at RAF Leeming.

“He first worked at Oak Tree Garage, Gatenby, on the A1 and Leeming Bar Industrial Estate. Currently he spends most of his time MOT testing, performing on average five to seven MOTs a day.

“To continue as a tester he has to take an annual test with a pass mark of 80 percent but generally gets over 95 percent.”

“In the 1970s, when working for Don Rose at Oak Tree Garage, he would be the person you saw if you had a problem on the A1 between Dishforth and Scotch Corner roundabouts.

“This work included pulling people from their cars, and we believe, he once attended Lord Ropner when he crashed one of his sports cars.

“We also remember that he and a policeman were carrying an injured truck driver from his cab when the police man fell and Mick held onto the driver while herniating himself, but did not drop the driver who had badly damaged legs. It was the 1970s and in those days the fire brigade only attended if the car was on fire.”

Source: The Northern Echo

1 Comment

  1. Happy Birthday Mick, you’re a shining example to us youngsters (I’m not far behind you). I’ll raise a glass next time I’m in the pub. Cheers.


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