Graham, 83, on track for learning success

Graham Deacon, 83, who has become the 400th person to pass Shotton IT Centre's European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) module.

Graham Deacon, 83, who has become the 400th person to pass Shotton IT Centre's European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) module.

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AN OCTOGENARIAN has proved you are never too old to learn after becoming the 400th person to pass a skills centre’s course.

Graham Deacon, 83, from Hartlepool, has just clocked up Shotton IT Centre’s 400th European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) modular pass.

Mr Deacon started using the centre just over a year ago after hearing about a computer-building course being put on at the venue, in Friar Street, Shotton Colliery.

Since then, he has been travelling to Shotton in all weathers by bus every week, sometimes twice a week.

Mr Deacon said: “I really enjoy going to Shotton – it’s a very friendly centre and the members of staff are always very sociable.

“The cost of learning is very reasonable and worth every penny.

“One of the advantages is being able to learn at your own pace, either at the centre or online at home.

“I’ve always been keen on technical academic work and got a degree in photography and imaging 10 years ago.

“Coming to Shotton put everything into place nicely and, to push on further, what I’m now interested in is working on electronics, studying the electronic computer control of model railways.”

Centre manager Jim Currie said: “Graham is our oldest member at the moment but that hasn’t deterred him from taking on and passing the ECDL – which is the British Computer Society’s Level 2 qualification in IT.”

The Hartlepool Mail reported last month that the facility, which provides a base where people can easily access the latest technology to meet their formal and informal learning needs, was given a £20,000 grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.