74 year old Valerie passes driving test

Valerie Christy Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Cumbria has finally passed her driving test, nearly 60 years after her first lesson. 74-year-old Valerie Christie from Carlisle has faced many set backs that stopped her from passing her test, after she first started driving aged 16.

She explained to ITV Border why it took her so long:

But passing her test wasn't easy, it took 80 lessons during the last 10 months to get the grips behind the wheel.

Valerie says she hopes that she will encourage others to take up a new skill too, and assures other drivers that age - and time - is no obstacle.