Laurie’s hip record bid

102 year old Laurie Randall, pictured with his granddaughter Gillian Coates, believes  he may be the oldest person in the UK to have a hip replacement operation.
102 year old Laurie Randall, pictured with his granddaughter Gillian Coates, believes he may be the oldest person in the UK to have a hip replacement operation.

A 102-YEAR-OLD Pontefract man could soon be a Guinness world record holder for being the oldest person to have total hip replacement surgery.

John Lawrence Randall had his left artificial hip – first fitted in 1989 – replaced during a two-hour operation at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

The current Guinness world record holder is Lily Wauters who had her right hip replaced in 2007 at the age of 101 years and 196 days.

Mr Randall – known as Laurie – went to his final post-operation check up at the hospital yesterday.

His granddaughter Gillian Coates, of Rainton Gate, Durham, said: “The operation was a fantastic success and we are very proud of him, he has true Yorkshire determination. I’m going to be informing Guinness world records about him.

“He has always said ‘I tell my legs what to do, they don’t tell me’. He wants to live until he is 105, but he said he didn’t want to do it if he was going to be in a wheelchair.”

Mr Randall – who also had his right hip replaced in 2006 – lived at Western Avenue in Pontefract until his latest operation in November, but has now moved to Durham to be closer to his family.

Mr Randall thanked his neighbours Colin and Nancy Steele for helping him when he lived in Pontefract.