Retired veteran Frank Liddle, 62 from the Kentra Highlands in northwest Scotland, is a true Scotsman with mobility issues, who wears traditional national attire everyday and has just regained his independence thanks to a TGA Breeze mobility scooter.
Originally born in Glasgow and now retired, Frank enjoyed a 40-year career working in the Highlands supporting the local Crofters with general building maintenance. During this time he also served in the Army with the Royal Scots Borders for 10 years and was stationed all around the world including Kenya and Nairobi. He now lives near the west coast of Scotland in an extremely rural area, north of the Isle of Mull and which is renowned for natural beauty. Due to long-term medical issues, Frank has been unable to continue with his busy professional activities and now lives with restricted mobility. Walking was becoming increasingly difficult for Frank, which meant accessing the local stores three miles away, was impossible until he discovered the TGA Breeze mobility scooter.
Frank can now easily negotiate the rural terrain around his home on a TGA Breeze GT, which proved its off-road capabilities by winning the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge last year. During the broadcast a Breeze competed against the Top Gear presenters and this GT version, with wider rear wheels and additional torque successfully scaled a Brecon Beacons summit. This proven performance will now enhance Frank’s lifestyle in the Highlands as he lives in such a rugged and rural area. He proudly wears his traditional Scottish kilt, sporran and bonnet everyday on the Breeze as he ‘enjoys the experience’ and is regularly photographed by tourists at the local ferry port.
Frank explains: “My Breeze is brilliant, you cannae beat it! I have lived in Kentra now nine years and have just recently returned home from time in hospital. My health is not good but wearing my traditional kilt everyday really helps. When I was working I began wearing it regularly as it was easier to climb ladders, however the lassies would always try and look up it! Now I have retired I have decided to wear the full kit and regularly carry my Claymore on the Breeze for effect. My 13-year-old Collie dog ‘Stan the Man’ goes everywhere with me as I live alone, including when I have been photographed at the local port by tourists. I always say to them ‘Welcome to Scotland!’ as they arrive on the ferry and tell then a tale or two. Now I have my new Breeze, my life at home has changed dramatically. I can visit the local store with ease and regularly enjoy fishing in the Loch with Stan by my side. The rough ground, marshy conditions and big potholes are nee bother for my Breeze however I am always careful to know my limits. The all weather canopy is great as we don’t get sun here and when it’s raining it keeps my really dry. My dog is now getting on a bit, like his master, so it maybe time for him to jump aboard soon when I’m out and about.”
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “It is fantastic to see the difference our Breeze has made to Frank’s lifestyle in only a matter of weeks. This GT version with its off road capabilities, has also been chosen by James Pagram who is attempting a 101-mile, 4-day charity fundraiser across the English South Downs in August for the MS Society. Its impressive performance on Top Gear clearly highlighted to the nation that quality, reliable mobility scooters such as those from TGA can open up a whole new world of freedom, wherever you live.”