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Couple, 90, start college course

Marjorie and Harry Richardson
The couple wanted to learn how to e-mail their son

A husband and wife have become the oldest students at Ayr College after joining classes at the age of 90.

Harry and Marjorie Richardson, from Prestwick, Ayrshire, decided to develop their computer skills to keep in touch with their son in Malaysia.

They started with some basic internet classes at their local library.

They have since mastered Publisher, Powerpoint and word processing packages and are set to study Photoshop at the college's Lochside Learning Centre.

The silver surfers can now use e-mail and Skype, as well as upload and send family photos.

Mr Richardson also makes greetings cards while his wife is working on a family history project using Powerpoint and sound editing equipment.

Mr Richardson said: "I know there will come a time when we are not so fit and have to stay in our house more, so, it will be good to have computing skills and still be able to communicate with the outside world.

"Some older people might think college is just for youngsters and they would feel out of place here, but our class is full of retired people and they come along whatever the weather.

"We have good fun and enjoy a cup of tea and a blether with the staff and other students."

The couple have been married for 17 years, after both were previously widowed.

Harry was an RAF bomber pilot in the Second World War before working in the air traffic control centre at Prestwick.

Marjorie was a professional singer and toured Italy and Austria singing to the troops during the war, before joining and touring with Ayr's Gaiety Whirl show.

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