British Railways has revealed the name of the late great railway legend, and why he was allowed to claim the age he claimed he had
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They say he lived to be 168. Here’s how
He is already being celebrated for his contribution to British Railways (BJR), but he will always be remembered for his cheekiness.
British Railways has revealed the full answer to what Alf Ramsey would have actually had – rather than a birth date.
The late British Railways legend, Alf Ramsey was quite cheeky. Photograph: ITV
In a text message to passengers on Wednesday, the company said he would have been 168, not 123.
The message said: “In 1969, BWR identified a unique ‘year,’ of interchange from their internal railway system, which referenced the famous conversation of Beano hero Alf Ramsey asking ‘How old are you Alf?”
“The Anniversary of that conversation was designated in 1970 as the year which marked the 147th anniversary of BWR’s very own ‘Winnifred West’, which was transformed into the official name for the year. Alf Ramsey then was, in a sense, celebrating his 147th year of working for British Railways.”
Alf Ramsey, co-chairman of the [Barkin’ and Barbers League], died aged 86 on 24 June at the Royal Preston Hospital, where he had been for treatment for the small bowel ulcer he had for several years.
Ramsey was an advocate of railways and later took over the role of managing director of BJR.
He became well known for his ceremonial role on the platform at Alexandra Palace station in London.
The Transport Forum, a London-based thinktank, said in a statement: “The anniversary of Ramsay’s birth is one of the country’s most celebrated folk anniversaries.”