One of Scotland's most active centenarians,Lady Morton,has been a driver for nearly 80 years,although she has never taken a driving test.But last week she had her first ever accident-she hit a traffic island when she took her new car for a drive in Edinburgh.
Lady Morton,who celebrated her 100th birthday in July,was given the Nissan Micra as a surprise present.Yesterday she talked about the accident.'I wasn't going fast,but I hit a traffic island.I couldn't see it,because it had no lights,which I think is ridiculous.But I am all right and luckily my car wasn't badly damaged.'
In spite of the accident,she is not planning to stop driving.'Some people are just born to drive,and I think I am one of them.I've never taken a test,but I've been a good driver since the first time I got in a car.I'm musical,so I listen to the sound of the car to know when to change gear.Some people are very rude-they ask me if I'm still driving at my age.It really annoys me.'
Lady Morton bought her first car in 1927.The main change she has noticed since then is the traffic.'It's appalling.I don't mind it,because I am experienced,but I feel very sorry for the beginners.'