Tributes paid to Taverham and Thorpe Marriott pensioner

Tributes have been paid to a man affectionately known as 'the old boy in the wheelchair on the Fakenham Road at Taverham'.

George Martin died peacefully at his home in Fakenham Road, Taverham, on April 1, aged 85.

The pensioner was known for sitting in his wheelchair at the roadside and waving to traffic, come rain or shine. Lorry drivers would sound their horns at him as they drove past him and children would wave 'like crazy' to him.

It is believed he lived with his sister who died a month before and that he was a diabetic. Flowers have been left outside his home.

On social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, a number of people have expressed sadness at news of his death.

Rebecca Goodwin said: 'Oh no. He'd been sitting there everyday for years. He'd always wave to me when I was driving my Volvo.'

Sophie Elvin said: 'Sad times, a legend is lost.'

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Adam Craske said: 'Oh no, sad times. I always remember as a kid my dad beeping at him and now I do it. Shame.'

Mr Martin's funeral will be held at St Faith Crematorium on Friday, April 20, at 1.15pm.

His family has asked for no flowers but donations to The Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre to be made c/o Peter Taylor Funeral Services, 85 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2PE.

Did you know Mr Martin? Do you want to pay tribute to him? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email

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