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AT THE WHEEL: Robert Holt with his driving instructor

JEWELLER Robert Holt was a real gem on ITV documentary 100-Year-old Driving School.

The programme featured old-age drivers who had agreed to have their driving assessed to see whether they were still roadworthy.

And Robert, who is 94 and has been driving for 73 years, passed.

He said: “Somebody suggested to the production company that I should appear on it, but I wasn’t sure at first, as I thought it was only for 100-year-olds.”

Vienna-born Robert, who is married to Dorothy, drove to Cambridge from his north London home in his Honda Jazz with his driving instructor.

“I am very experienced and completely relaxed when it comes to driving,” he explained.

“For years I had to make deliveries, so I am used to it and the busy London traffic, but I enjoy walking sometimes.”

Robert, a member of Golders Green Synagogue, maintains a strict fitness regime, which was shown on the programme.

He exercises daily for 20 minutes “to keep agile” and spends a large amount of time at his Hatton Garden jewellery business, which he established in 1948 and which is now run by his son, Jason.

Robert emigrated to the UK as a 16-year-old, in 1939.

His parents survived the Second World War and later moved to Britain, where his brother and sister were born.

Robert, whose original family surname was Achterholt, also served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the war.


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