Veteran Sheffield rambler chalks up 90 years

Frank Hanson celebrated his 90th birthday at the Old Horns Inn in Bradfield with fellow members from Sheffield's Wednesday Rambling Group.
Frank Hanson celebrated his 90th birthday at the Old Horns Inn in Bradfield with fellow members from Sheffield's Wednesday Rambling Group.
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A veteran rambler who has completed well over 1,000 walks has raised a toast to his 90th birthday.

Frank Hanson, a member of Sheffield’s Wednesday Rambling Group, joined pals at the Old Horns Pub in High Bradfield for a get-together to mark the milestone occasion.

Frank, from Gleadless, has completed hundreds of walks with the group - and has no plans to put away his boots for good in the near future.

Fellow walker Bill Gray said: “He’s almost unstoppable, is Frank - 90 is a pretty major birthday.

“It’s a big milestone for the guy. He’s always up for a walk and is still out walking most Wednesdays.

“I suppose with every year that goes by he is getting nearer to the position where eventually he might have to stop, but he has no plans!”

Frank, a former block maker, joined the group in 1990 following his retirement.

The grandfather, the club’s oldest member, has kept a record of every walk he has been on ever since.

Frank said: “I’d heard about these walkers - they used to meet in Fitzalan Square.

“I retired on the day before my 65th birthday in February 1990 and I got around to going down to Fitzalan Square on March 7.

“I worked indoors for most of my working life so I enjoyed the walk and carried on with them from then on.”

Apart from a three-year spell in the Royal Navy, Frank was a block maker for all of his working life.

He spent 30 years at Hides and Speirs in Sheffield before going on to print newspapers and commercial journals in Rotherham.

Founded in 1968, the group for retired men meets every Wednesday between 9am and 9.30am at either Sheffield Interchange or the railway station. One team does a 10 to 11-mile walk, and the other six to seven miles.

Details of each walk are published in The Star a week in advance.