Ged’s horseplay has his grandsons rocking with joy

THE NEXT TONY MCCOY?........Milo Unwin on one of the rocking-horses made by his grandad

THE NEXT TONY MCCOY?........Milo Unwin on one of the rocking-horses made by his grandad

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A GRANDAD from Hucknall can lay claim to being first past the post when it comes to carpentry.

For 75-year-old Ged Unwin has turned his hand to creating two wonderful rocking horses from scratch in his spare time.

Ged, of Claremont Avenue, spent hundreds of hours carving, piecing together and painting the wooden fillies.

The first was started three years ago and has already been handed over to his grandson, Rory (five), who lives in Bradford-on-Avon in Somerset.

The second horse has just been completed and has been earmarked for Rory’s younger brother, two-year-old Milo — although Ged admits he hasn’t decided whether to present it to him just yet.

Ged, who is married to Josie (69), said he had been “messing around” with timber for several years.

But it was when he took part in a two-day course in Yorkshire that he carved the first horse’s head.

He returned to Hucknall with a DVD and plans on how to complete the project and set about creating the body. The former miner then decided to work on a second horse.

“This is purely and simply a hobby,” he told the Dispatch. “I found the equipment I used during a holiday in New Zealand and had it shipped back to England.

“The grandchildren absolutely love the first rocking horse. It is on the landing at their house and they are always playing on it.”

Dad-of-two Ged has lived at his current house for more than 40 years. The multi-talented pensioner has made many alterations and several pieces of furniture.

Although he has suffered a stroke, Ged continues to create and says there he is always in his workshop tackling his next project.