A 92-year-old war veteran has become one of the oldest people in the UK to gain a computer qualification.
Don Thomas, of Kinmel Bay, attended a free 10-week course organised by Don’s landlords, housing association Cartrefi Conwy, in conjunction with Llandrillo College, at the Community House on the Chester Avenue estate.
The former member of the Royal Corp of Signals, who along with his classmates was presented with his certificate by Cartrefi Conwy chief executive Andrew Bowden, enjoyed the course so much he is planning to regularly use the computers to view articles on the war and attend digital inclusion sessions.
Mr Thomas said: “Maybe, through the internet I will be able to find some of my old colleagues from the war and get back in touch with them, you never know. I just think it’s marvellous.
“Who would have thought I’d be getting a certificate for learning how to use a computer at my age. I really do take my hat off to Cartrefi Conwy and the Llandrillo College tutor, Tean Williams, who has been very patient with me.”
Fellow tenant Norma Roberts, 73, said: “The course certainly showed us all that there is nothing to be scared of when it comes to computers and I don’t think it matters how old or young you are, there is so much you can do.”
Cartrefi Conwy communhouse development manager Vicky Welsman said: “It’s so important tenants know how to use computers as more things are done online. Whether it is welfare benefit enquiries or job applications in this day and age you are at a distinct disadvantage if you can’t use a computer.”