A lifelong Bristol City fan who has just turned 105 was “blown away” to get a birthday message from racing hero Lewis Hamilton.
Formula 1 fan Len Howes and his 75-year-old son David were treated to a face-to-face video call with the A-lister, ahead of Len’s birthday on Thursday (October 14).
The great-granddad also received a birthday video message from City manager Nigel Pearson, who asked to know his “secret to success”.F1 team Mercedes shared footage of the two-minute video call on Twitter on Friday and it has already been ‘liked’ almost 14,000 times.
David told Lewis how they are both “so proud” of his racing achievements, which the celebrity seemed touched by and credited to his family and supporters.
“He’s a big Formula 1 fan and enjoys watching the football, and I think he must be Lewis Hamilton’s oldest fan. “Patch, who lives in Emersons Green, said another birthday message was lined up during the Bristol City vs Bournemouth game on Saturday.
Len’s granddaughter wrote to Mercedes HQ asking if they might be able to send a signed photo for his birthday, and was shocked when they responded offering a Zoom call as well, as Lewis wanted like to speak to him.
Len was born in St Pauls and grew up in Bedminster, before moving to Smythe Road near Ashton Gate Stadium in 1940.The great-grandfather-of-two now lives with his son and daughter-in-law in Newquay but still follows Bristol City from there.
He worked for BT until he retired at 65, and helped to install the telephone system in the Ministry of Defence’s underground tunnels in Corsham, Wiltshire.
He served in the Army’s Royal Signals during the Second World War, helping to build and maintain a radio listening station used to intercept German messages, sent on to Bletchley Park for decoding.
As well as having a keen interest in sports, Len loves to do crosswords on his iPad while looking out of the window to views of the River Gannel.