Huntingdon man turns 101

NOT many people in the world can say they’ve had a birthday card from the Queen, but a Huntingdon centenarian now has two.

Henry Emery - known as Harry - didn’t have too much room left on his cake on his 101st birthday on January 30. Joined by three generations of his family, he celebrated the landmark in style with a small party at the Hunters Down Care Home, in Hartford Road.

Harry, who has served in the RAF in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and as a removal man for the stars, lived in Fenstanton for more than 20 years with his wife Connie, until her death in 2006.

He moved to Hunters Down around two years ago and is regularly visited by his children Margaret and John.

A sportsman in his younger days, Harry is a lifelong fan of Coventry City, the town he grew up in and witnessed the demolition of the city by the Nazis in the November 1940 raid that flattened the Cathedral. He also follows Newcastle United because of family links.

After the war, he also worked for travel agent Thomas Cook and as a removals estimator for Harrods in London, where he organised removals for celebrities Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.