His eyesight problems meant that Clifford Twiss had to reluctantly hand over his driving licence three years ago.

The 91-year-old Huddersfield man never dreamt he would get the chance to get back behind the wheel again.

Clifford was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which has eventually led to the loss of his central vision.

But he was once again able to get back in the driving seat, thanks to the national sight loss charity the Macular Society.

The Society, which supports people with macular disease - the leading cause of blindness in the UK - hosted a supercar driving day for its visually impaired members. The day was organised in a bid to raise awareness of the condition and took place as part of Macular Week.

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Clifford’s wife Jane put him forward for the day because she said driving was one of the things he missed the most after losing his sight. And he was one of the lucky people chosen to take part, being given the freedom of an Oxfordshire track, accompanied by an instructor with dual controls.

He was able to experience driving a £150,000 200mph Aston Martin around the circuit.

He said: “It’s been three years since I drove a car and to go from that to driving one so powerful was quite an experience.

“It was an all-round thrilling experience and thank you to the Macular Society for organising it.”

He added: “It’s not just driving I miss, it’s the freedom and the independence.”

Clifford was given a choice of driving a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Ford Mustang, but he chose the Aston Martin.

Back behind the wheel - Clifford Twiss in an Aston Martin

AMD affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. More people are affected as our population ages.

Macular degeneration causes a loss of central vision. People with advanced macular degeneration cannot read, drive or recognise faces.

Half of all people in the UK registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired have macular degeneration.

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss, providing free information and support to improve lives and ensure no one has to face macular degeneration alone. The Society also funds research so that one day there will be a cure for macular degeneration.