Winner finally romps in for George, a month after his death

George Atkinson celebrating his 102nd Birthday having a party at William Hill betting shop. ENGANL00120130318093414
George Atkinson celebrating his 102nd Birthday having a party at William Hill betting shop. ENGANL00120130318093414

A winner finally romped home for one of the Britain’s oldest horse racing punters – almost a month after his death at the age of 104.

Popular Swaffham man George Atkinson died in March, shortly before his 105th birthday.

A regular at the Swaffham branch of William Hill, where he was fondly known as George the Second due to his unlucky streak, the company placed £104 bet in his honour during the Grand National in April.

And the horse, Rule the World, romped home at the odds of 33-1 and has raised £3,500, which has been donated to Cromer RNLI and Myeloma UK.

Mr Atkinson had been a resident at The Maltings sheltered housing scheme in Swaffham, for 15 years.

Manager Alison King said: “I think George would have been speechless. He enjoyed the betting but he was a social person and would go into the bookies and chat. We would never take a tip off him! I would say this is George having his final say.”

George originally hailed from North London, and was married to Peg.

The couple had three sons, three daughters and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.

As a foreman painter and decorator in London in the 1940s, he worked with singer Rod Stewart’s father, Bob, and remembered the superstar, as a baby, coming round his house where he was given a biscuit.