A RETIRED couple used a van in their 90s to drive 50 miles from their car park in Mill House, Surrey to a caravan dealer to clear paperwork.

James and Lorna Boskey drove the 20.2 mile route from Leighton Garfagnan to the caravan dealership and traded the fuel allowance – and £9,000 worth of renewals – for a fully loaded trailer.

Alamy 3 James and Lorna Boskey drove from their car park in Leighton Garfagnan to their caravan dealer to clear paperwork for renewals

They then went on to drive a second 26.2 mile route from Leighton Garfagnan back to their caravan.

The couple, both 90, have been hitching rides from friends and neighbours since they turned 90 on October 7.

James, who heads up a £1million training centre at RAF Southend, said: “I was absolutely amazed.

“It wasn’t expected because I knew these guys so well.

“They love their holidays and on any typical journey I can spot where to go to.

Alamy 3 The couple have been hitching rides from friends and neighbours since they turned 90

“That night a few of them asked if we would be their companions on their 60th anniversary, so we hopped in a van and sat for a full day.”

After exchanging fuel card and renewal details, the couple were whisked out for a long-haul flight to Portugal, where they are attending a cruise.

After meeting a group of children at a children’s hospital, James said they drove for two days to the beach on the banks of the Severn.

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The pair paid for most of the journey themselves, as well as filling up in cash.

James added: “I’ve been there before but only for short journeys.

“It was a case of feeling comfortable and learning to drive.

“I was very young when we drove the coach to Portugal and I didn’t need to see all the mechanics, I was too fussy.

Alamy 3 James and Lorna met a group of children at a children’s hospital and drove for two days to the beach on the banks of the Severn

“My father died when I was young and I was told the same thing.

“I’ve been putting holidays to the side so I can put my grandchildren to bed, especially so they can enjoy holidays as well.”

The couple, who have been married for 48 years, had also packed groceries for the trip and expected to see the best of the UK.

But James said that all the preparation paid off.

He added: “I had two yachts booked, two of them, no doubt about it.

“I had a feeling it would be a long day.

“It is nice to feel good about the trip – two lovely people taking the time to help us.

“They must have had a wonderful time, a very pleasant surprise.”

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