A much-loved stalwart of the Wyverstone community was thrown a special 90th birthday bash at the weekend.
Hubert Leggett is at the centre of everything that goes on in the village– he is part of the church committee, the Royal British Legion, is a former parish councillor and a member of the over-60s club.
He has lived in the same house since he was seven years old but has lived in Wyverstone his whole life.
On Saturday, January 31, Hubert was surprised with a big birthday cake and a sing-song at the village’s weekly community cafe .
His daughter-in-law Anita said he had no idea of the party.
“He didn’t know anything about it,” she said.
“He just thought he was going for his weekly bacon butty and a chat.
“He was very shocked – it certainly took the wind out of his sails.”
Hubert is being treated to a week of celebrations, having turned 90 on Monday.
Tomorrow night, 80 people are due to turn up at yet another party for the popular pensioner.
Hubert said: “It was a big surprise on Saturday, a real surprise.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
Hubert said he loved living in his village.
“There are a lot of nice people here in Wyverstone.
“I have lived here all my life – there has been a lot of changes and I have had some great friends.”
Hubert worked on farms and as a thatcher until he was called up aged 18 and sent to fight in World War Two.
“I landed on the Normandy beaches,” he said.
“And I was in the Army until the job was done.”
“He was shot, patched up, sent back and then shot again,” said Anita
“He still has shrapnel in his shoulder and his leg – and is missing a finger, too.
“He ended up spending four years in the Army.”
When Hubert returned, he married his Jean in 1953 and had three children.
He continued working on farms, later ending up working at the bacon factory in Elmswell where he cycled the five and a half miles to the factory every day.
Sadly, Jean passed away in 1999.
Hubert has had five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great granddaughter.