A delicious hot meal and a tasty sponge for afters provided the icing on the cake for George Storry’s 104th birthday.
His step-daughter Jean Atack baked the cake and covered it in chocolate topping – adding four candles to mark the years since he celebrated his milestone 100th.
Mr Storry, who lives at WDH’s Musgrave Court Independent Living Scheme in Lupset, is a sprightly centenarian who only gave up riding his bike at the age of 95 and doesn’t suffer from aches and pains, even though he worked for many years as a miner at Nostell Colliery.
Jean, who lives minutes away in Ashleigh Avenue, joined WDH employees in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
She made a video clip to send to her daughter Sue, who lives in Australia, and who rang to congratulate Mr Storry as he welcomed his guests. Staff presented him with a basket of fruit on behalf of WDH and a balloon decorated to mark his birthday.
Nicola Rhodes, WDH Independent Living Manager, said: “We’re thrilled that Mr Storry has celebrated his 104th birthday living independently in his own home with the support of our Community Support Workers.
“We feel this is a huge achievement without the need to move into residential care and shows that older people can, with the right support, enjoy an independent lifestyle if they choose to do so.”
Mr Storry married Jean’s mum, Ida Thorn, when Jean was 12 years old. Mrs Storry died five years ago at the age of 95, 10 months after the couple moved from their home in Fitzwilliam to Musgrave Court.
Mr Storry now enjoys a hot meal every day delivered by Jubilee Hall Catering, a “meals on wheels” service operating in the Wakefield area. “They look after me and the dinners are always red hot,” he said.
Born in 1910, he still has vivid memories of his childhood during the First World War.