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Dan McIntyre crosses Alps on disability trike

Dan McIntyre in the Alps
Image caption Mr McIntyre's trip 'was an experience'

A West Yorkshire man has successfully crossed the Swiss Alps on a tricycle manufactured in 1932.

Wheelchair-user Dan McIntyre from Liversedge was the main driver recreating a 1,500-mile (2,400km) journey made on the trike, a forerunner of modern mobility scooters, in 1947.

Visiting Paris, Basel and Geneva he arrived back in London via three alpine climbs.

Mr McIntyre, 32, praised his trike and "the old girl's" durability.

However, he admitted the trip was not easy and the trike suffered several mechanical breakdowns.

Scared of heights

"It's been quite tiring and I've been exposed to the elements.

"Everyone we've met has been helpful and friendly," he said.

The ride was a tribute to Oswald Arthur Denly who did the ride in 1947.

He had been invalided out of the Royal Navy after contracting polio and becoming paralysed from the waist down.

Image caption Mr McIntyre may be planning a new adventure

Having not yet realised his dream of seeing the Alps he set out alone on his 1930s Argoson 147cc tricycle.

Mr Denly later founded the charity that has now become Disabled Motoring UK.

Mr McIntyre's trip finished at the Houses of Parliament with Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson driving the symbolic last leg.

Racing driver Nicholas Hamilton also joined the trip and had a spell driving the trike.

Mr McIntyre said: "I've been thinking of doing Land's End to John O'Groats in my wheelchair next.

"It would be nice to do something again."

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