A seriously at-risk pensioner and army veteran has told of his daily life while self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.
Octogenarian Tom Brennan and wife Elaine, aged 81, are sheltering at home in Bucknall with no plans to leave the house for the foreseeable future.
The former Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent (1982/83) and founder of the Sport Awards was an army athletics champion back in the day.
But now in 2020, during the Covid-19 crisis, Tom believes himself ‘seriously at risk’ as he struggles with bronchial asthma.
This is his story as he hunkers down in self-isolation to see out these dark times in good health.
False information relating to coronavirus has caused some pet owners to try and give up their animals this week, but Tom has a warning for anyone listening to ‘old wives’ tales’.
“When I had got a bad chest my mother used to get a bottle of Guinness and put a hot poker in it,” laughs Tom. “That was supposed to help with a bad cold on your chest. I’s amazing what old wives’ tales come in out in times of crisis.
“The only worry I’ve got about this is people getting fed up with the routine, and then businesses opening up and sneaking a few people in.”
Today, StokeonTrentLive asked Tom, ‘If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?’
“Stoke-on-Trent,” declared Tom. “I was born in this city and this is where I’ll die. There’s lovely places in the world and we’ve been on some nice cruises and I love history.
“But the only thing I would of liked to see more of was when I was in Egypt guarding the Suez Canal, we weren’t allowed to go to any of the wonderful places around the country.
“The same in Germany in 1952, there were restrictions from going in certain places because there were people who’d had family killed during the war. History is a wonderful thing when you’ve lived through it.
“I love to see the young people training down Northwood Stadium, and we’ve produced some great athletes over the years.
“We do like a few places, the shopping centre and going out with family. But when the weather is nice I get down Northwood Stadium and I don’t introduce myself because I helped get it built, I just watch.
“I like to see them benefiting from the facilities I contributed to.”
Former athlete Tom has his name on a plaque at the stadium as he helped get the track built during his time as a councillor.
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