an ELLON pensioner is battling back to fitness after suffering serious neck injuries when he was knocked down in a busy street.
Tony Elliot’s first thought was for the unfortunate motorist involved in the accident and secondly, his recovery plan. This the 86-year-old did through a series of exercises, physiotherapy, and his regular routine of walking.
Nearly 10 months on, and Mr Elliot is well on the road to recovery, describing the process of fighting back to fitness as “character building.” The building of character has been going on for years for the resident of Slater Court, where he has a self-contained flat.
He is an active social member of his new community where he was treasurer of the social committee until his accident.
Mr Elliot, orginally from Kilmacolm in Renfreshire, said: “Once I get myself fully fit I may well go back to keeping the books for my new friends.”
But while Mr Elliot is clearly a quick healer he is also a quick learner having been able to read and write before he went to school at the age of four.
He explained: “It was quite common then, as we had no TV to distract us. I got five highers before the age of 15. The annoying thing was not being able to get into a University, as none of them would allow a 15-year-old to gain entry, so I just went off to work as a trainee accountant.”
His next enterprise involved duping his mother into signing a form that enabled him to join the army at the age of 17. After seeing action on the borders of China, he rose to the rank of captain by the age of 19, before going into civvy street in Aberdeen.
He continued his accountancy career which took him into management with a number of North-east companies. Notwithstanding his success in business, Mr Elliot will for many be best recalled by those in the training sector where he was a driving force for change in the motor industry.
Mr Elliot said: “Even as late as the 1980s there was a tendency to put training and education in separate boxes, when in fact they are one in the same.
“We had many battles on this one, and I like to think we did make a difference, helped by having one or two enthusiastic visionaries in the area. Jimmy Graham, the then director of education for Grampian, was one of them.”
He finally called time on his distinguished career in the 90s, though he continued to attend board meetings of the Grampian Motor Training until his accident.
In the meantime, he continues his fitness fight, and has retained membership of Murcar Golf Club, adding: “Just in case I am able to play again.”