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AGE NO BARRIER TO STIRLING COUNCIL HOPEFUL

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A 92-year-old former civil engineer has come out of retirement to run as an independent in the Sirling Council elec...
A 92-year-old former civil engineer has come out of retirement to run as an independent in the Sirling Council elections.

The Herald (p9) reports that Francis Saunders will take on four other candidates young enough to be his grandchildren.

He has been clocking up 10 miles a day canvassing support and insists his age has not put him at a disadvantage.

'I am still in possession of all my faculties and I can easliy walk 10 miles a day without any ill effect, so I don't see there being a problem.'

'My election agent is ill so I have been doing all the canvassing and clerical work by myself but I find it gets done better that way. I thought about standing as an independent MSP but I found it impossible to find out how to go about it.'

If elected Mr Saunders is elected he will hold the seat for three years but he said he had no worries about lasting the pace.

'My father and maternal grandfather lives to be over a hundred so I come from good stock. I drink and smoke so it must be in the genes. I have no reason to doubt I will last the three years.'

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