A patriotic pensioner looks ready for the World Cup as he turns heads in Braintree on his customised mobility scooter.

Vernon “Larry” Lawrence, 80, of High Elms, Braintree, often attracts attention for his scooter decorated with flags and memorabilia from his life.

The widower, who has four children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren said: “I call it my customised scooter. People say they love it, kids come up and say ‘cool mister’ and ‘awesome mister.’

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