Pensioner on TV show


A CHELSEA Pensioner with ties to Scarborough has appeared on the BBC Chelsea Flower Show programme.

William Fox, who joined the British Army in Scarborough and whose sister Edith Mewse lives in Crossgates, spoke about his own small allotment and passion for gardening in a short film and interview with presenters Alan Titchmarsh and Joe Swift.

William, who is also known as Paddy, said: “I’ve been gardening in the Royal Hospital allotments for 10 years.

“The Chelsea Flower Show was something I’d read about but I never dreamed I’d be able to get to it every year, but it’s our land and we can walk down there any time we like.”

Ex-serviceman William lives at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army.

Mr Fox, who is originally from Cahir, Ireland, had a military career of 38 years.

He was in the 1th/19th Royal Hussars working in wireless instruction and he also drove tanks.

He has been a Chelsea Pensioner for the past decade.

On the show, he added: “We grow things for the nurses. They look after us so well so a bunch of flowers goes a long way.

“I mainly talk about the army and perhaps a bit of gardening.”

Mr Fox is a member of the hospital’s famous choir and has performed at various high-profile events. The Chelsea Pensioners released a debut album last year.

At this year’s Chelsea Flow Show, which finished at the weekend, a garden sponsored by tourism board Welcome To Yorkshire picked up a Silver Flora award.

Designed by Gillespies, it picked up the award for the artisan garden seen through the eyes of an artist and featured a Barbara Hepworth sculpture.