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Wendy succeeds at last

PUBLISHED: 13:32 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

THE tears of joy said it all as one of Suffolk's most determined learner drivers finally got to rip up her L-plates...on her tenth attempt!

Mother-of-four Wendy Warner could barely contain her delight after her tenth-time lucky driving test brought to an end a five-year journey which has seen her motor through nearly £5,000 worth of lessons and a total of four instructors.

THE tears of joy said it all as one of Suffolk's most determined learner drivers finally got to rip up her L-plates...on her tenth attempt!

Mother-of-four Wendy Warner could barely contain her delight after her tenth-time lucky driving test brought to an end a five-year journey which has seen her motor through nearly £5,000 worth of lessons and a total of four instructors.

But now the Somersham housewife can take her children to school, to the doctor or to the dentist without having to rely on irregular rural bus services around her home.

"I can't believe it," said the 36-year-old as she puffed furiously on a celebratory cigarette.

And although the rain was coming down at the Ipswich test centre on Woodbridge Road, it didn't matter - she was basking in the warm afterglow of hard-won success.

Blaming nerves for her previous botched attempts, she said: "I'm still shaking like a leaf bit it's an absolutely brilliant feeling."

Savouring the prospect of her new-found freedom, she added: "I live in the middle of nowhere and I've just wanted to get behind the wheel so I can take my kids where they need to go."

Mrs Warner now plans to familiarise herself with her new car before becoming chauffeur to her children, Terri, 13, Billie, five, Charlie, three, and Danni, one - adding it had been sitting on her drive at Park Cottages for seven months!

After the adrenaline stopped pumping Mrs Moore said she had been too tired to celebrate her belated success last night.

"I was on a high all day and by 7pm I was absolutely shattered," she said.

Thanking all her friends who supported her through her many attempts at passing her test, she paid tribute to the dedication of her driving instructors, particularly her last two – Trisha Payne, of Lady-Drive, who helped her take her ninth and tenth tests and Geoff Moore, of Mary List School of Motoring in Barking, who saw her through the previous five.

"Mr Moore did an awful lot for me. He was very good," said Mrs Warner explaining why she changed driving instructors for a third time . "I could drive but my nerves just went to pieces and I thought a change was as good as a rest."

Mrs Payne, of Needham Market, praised the grit of her long-running pupil - and the work of instructors who had gone before.

"They all did the hard work," she said. "Instructors wouldn't put someone forward for their test if they weren't ready for it. There's always an underlying problem with a series of fails - and it's usually nerves."

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