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WATCH: 97-year-old Kay rides a Harley Davidson around Cannock

A 97-year-old ticked off another item for her bucket list when she was given a ride around Cannock on a Harley Davidson.


Kay Matthews, who lives at Rown Croft retirement home on Price Street, Cannock, is a self-declared 'thrill-seeker' who has completed sky dives in the past and aims to do a wing walk when she turns 100.

After confiding in her hairdresser, Kaye Jenkinson, that she had always wanted to go on a Harley Davidson, Kaye went away and spoke to her husband Shaun, who is a member of the Wolfruna Chapter Harley Owners Group.

The pair organised a surprise for Mrs Matthews that saw 30 Harleys turn up at the home, accompanied by the strains of Black Sabbath, ready to take her for a ride.

Mrs Matthews said: "This is a total surprise, I am completely overwhelmed, but in a good way.

"Since I first saw a Harley Davidson, many years ago, I have always wanted to get on one.

"If I was born thirty years later I would have made sure I married a man who had one.

Kay said she had always wanted to go on a Harley Davidson
Kay was picked up from her retirement home and rode pillion around Cannock

"I have had a few people promise to take me out on one over the last couple of years but I think they decided that I was too old.

"I love speed, I love taking risks and the thrill of pushing myself, this is a special treat and I would like to thank everyone who came along.

"After this I'm not sure what is left for me, over than my coffin being put in a side-car alongside one of these."

The ride was organised by Kay's hairdresser whose husband is a member of the chapter

After Mrs Matthews put on her helmet and climbed aboard Shaun's Harley, the gang set off for a tour of Cannock, ending up at Dobbies Garden Centre in Gailey for a cup of tea and a chat.

Before taking Mrs Matthews for a spin, Shaun said: "It is great for us to be able to help Kay tick another item off her wish list.

"My wife originally asked me if I would do it and I thought it would be great to get everyone involved.

"It was worth organising and helping out from our point of view just to see the look on her face."

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