Brettenham centenarian George celebrates milestone birthday
Wartime memories were rekindled at a Brettenham centenarian’s birthday party on Saturday.
Revellers wearing Dad’s Army costumes joined George Emmett at Westbury Social Club, in Bury St Edmunds, for a surprise party ahead of the milestone birthday on Monday.
The celebration was kept secret from George, who was ‘absolutely shocked’ when all was finally revealed.
George was born in Battersea but moved to Bradfield St George as a youngster.
On leaving school he went into farming – a career he pursued his entire working life.
During World War Two he served in the Army with the Royal Artillery, travelling all the way to Burma.
He moved to Brettenham in 1949 and married Laura.
They had daughters Carol and Gloria. George has four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
George still lives independently and drives, although he is currently taking a break from being behind the wheel after a recent fall.
His friend Marjorie Brett said: “The party was such a surprise for him. People he’s known throughout the years turned up.
“When you get to be 100 you have met a lot of people and they came from a long way away to be there.”
She described George as a ‘very quiet man who would do anything for anybody’.
“I have known him a lot of years and we have always got on and never had a row. We are both old and try to enjoy ourselves and we have had some good holidays,” she said.
George was treated to a second party on Sunday, at Hitcham Village Hall, which was also attended by Stowmarket Mayor Paul Ekpenyong.
“The Mayor was a real gentleman, he really was. He took time to talk,” said Marjorie.
On Monday, his actual birthday, George spent time opening a pile of 40-50 birthday cards.
“There are cards everywhere in this flat. It looks like a card shop,” said Marjorie.
“The door of my kitchen already has 27 100th birthday cards on it before George has opened another pile of what must be 40-50 cards. The sideboard is covered, too.”
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