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Wednesday, 13 June, 2001, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Driving instructor retires at 82
Phyllis Yallop
Phyllis Yallop has taught three generations to drive
A woman who is believed to be the UK's oldest and longest-serving driving instructor is retiring at the age of 82.

Phyllis Yallop gave her first lesson on the road 52 years ago and saw her last pupil successfully through a driving test at Christmas.

Mrs Yallop, from Sudbury, Suffolk, says her proudest achievement was getting her grandson through his test on his 17th birthday.

Under Driving Standards Agency rules, Mrs Yallop would face a test next year to continue teaching.

Meat deliveries

Mrs Yallop began driving in 1944 after a butcher asked her to help him deliver meat.

She began giving lessons five years later and passed the RAC examiners test in 1958.

During her career, Mrs Yallop has taught three generations of several different local families to drive.

"I think it is time to draw a line under my career and officially announce my retirement," said Mrs Yallop, who will continue to drive.

"I could teach until next year before it would be necessary for me to take another test."

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