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Best retirement gift ever? Worker given replica of scooter he used to ride as a mod 50 years earlier

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

  • Paul Proudfoot was given a replica of the Lambretta scooter he owned in the 60s upon retirement.

  • Simon Jehu, Non-Executive Director of Jehu Project Services, Marc Jehu, Managing Director of Jehu Project Services, Paul Proudfoot and Rene Jehu, Jehu Group Chairman and Director with Paul Proudfoot and his new scooter.

  • Simon Jehu, Non-Executive Director of Jehu Project Services, Paul Proudfoot, Rene Jehu, Jehu Group Chairman and Director and Marc Jehu, Managing Director of Jehu Project Services.

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A LOYAL worker was given the perfect retirement present by his bosses - a scooter he used to own 50 years ago.

Paul Proudfoot, 65, owned a shiny green and black Lambretta when he was 17 and never forgot about it.

Grandad Paul often told his workmates how he was a mod in the sixties and loved "bombing down to the coast" on the scooter.

So staff at the construction firm where he has worked for 50 years knew what to get him when he retired.

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They teamed up with his wife Mary, 63, to find a replica of the beloved scooter he gave up back in 1968 to buy a family car.

And Paul, of Bridgend, was stunned when he was given the gleaming scooter on his last day of work.

He said: "I was amazed - my workmates knew just what to get me.

"I sold my scooter when I got married and it’s always been a dream of mine to own one again.

"But they got me the model I used to have and it’s in really good condition. I’ve already bought all the chrome stuff like I used to have in the 60s.

"I’ll be the oldest mod in town and I’m looking forward to reliving my youth."

Paul was the longest standing member of staff at the Jehu Group, a construction firm in Bridgend.

He feared his colleagues would get him a dreaded carriage clock or a silver plate pen as a retirement gift.

But instead he shook hands with all his workmates and purred off on his Lambretta 1965 LA 150 Special - worth about £3,000.

Grandfather-of-five Paul said: "I wasn’t involved in all the mods and rockers trouble when I had the scooter the first time round.

"But there was a group of about 30 of us who used to ride to the seaside at Porthcawl and hang around the prom with our scooters.

"But with the summer coming, I’m looking forward to going to Porthcawl in the scooter again - 50 years later."

Rene Jehu, Jehu Group chairman and director, said: "Paul has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

"We thought a scooter would be a fitting present - it’s something we knew he wanted but thought he would never have,"

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