John, 90, is ‘surprised’ by turnout at his first book signing

John Skelton signs his book at ASDA, Hemel Hempstead, with Mike Penning MP and his family and friends.

John Skelton signs his book at ASDA, Hemel Hempstead, with Mike Penning MP and his family and friends.

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A widower who has become a published author at the grand age of 90 held his first book signing.

First in line to get a signed copy of John Skelton’s memoirs was Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning.

John signed copies of his page turner - Peggy and John - A Wonderful Life - which is dedicated to his late wife at Hemel Hempstead’s Asda on Thursday.

He was there for an hour-and-a-half and during that time the father of four sold out of the 30 books he had taken along.

John, of Elizabeth House in Highfield, said: “It surprised me the number of people who came.

“The biggest response was to my age - that I could write such a book at 90.

“There were quite a lot of people that came who were customers of ours when we owned the greengrocers in Hobbs Hill Road.”

He was joined for the signing by Jackie Driscol, who helped make the book possible by volunteering to type up John’s memoirs, which he had recorded using a dictaphone.

“She did the hard work. I really did the easy bit telling the story,” said John.

“She helped enormously, there is no doubt about that.”

Peggy and John - A Wonderful Life can be purchased at Hemel Hempstead’s Waterstones or online through Amazon.