Tandem scooter turns heads
BILL and Dorothy Grandfield are used to pomp and ceremony.
But even a couple used to dealing with the full panoply of royal and vice-regal occasions have been surprised by the reaction to their new vehicle.
Last week 89-year-old Bill Grandfield took delivery of his new-model tandem scooter, designed to carry he and his wife on excursions around town.
Manufactured in Israel, the tandem scooter is the first of its kind in Australia.
The natty 'surrey-style' vehicle just fits on the Coffs Harbour footpaths around the Grandfields' home and caused second looks from everyone who has seen it
"I haven't got any white gloves but I've had to practise my royal wave," Dorothy Grandfield said, "it's the first one anyone has ever seen.
"People very kindly get out of the way.
"Cars slow down to have a look and a couple of motorcyclists nearly came off their machines," Mr Grandfield said.
The couple are quitely enjoying the sensation caused by their new vehicle, which they ordered through Coffs Harbour-based Scooters Australia.
But both the Grandfields are accustomed to being on parade.
Bill Grandfield was one of London's famous bearskin-hatted Grenadier Guards; almost lost his life when he was blown up in Italy during World War II, and later became NSW Governor Sir Roden Cutler's right-hand man.
Dorothy Grandfield was a catwalk model who joined the British police force, and became a London Bobby.
The well-travelled couple have also been adventurous explorers and have visited 39 countries during their 65 years of marriage.