Belper resident toasts 100th birthday

William Saxelby of Belper celebrates his 100th birthday with his daughters Gillian Pullan and Sheila Newmarch

William Saxelby of Belper celebrates his 100th birthday with his daughters Gillian Pullan and Sheila Newmarch

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A Belper resident who celebrated his 100th birthday stays young at heart thanks to his happy demeanour.

William Saxelby celebrated the landmark with his two daughters Gillian Pullan and Sheila Newmarch on Tuesday (December 29).

William Saxelby of Belper celebrates his 100th birthday

William Saxelby of Belper celebrates his 100th birthday

William has been a resident at Spencer Grove Care Home in Springwood Gardens since 2011.

Donna Annable, manager at Spencer Grove, says William is a much-loved resident at the home.

She said: “William is absolutely brilliant.

“He’s a genuine, honest and kind gentleman.

“He speaks to the young staff and has banter with them.

“He is just so full of information and is a fantastic resident.”

William was born in Stockbrook Street in Derby and went on to work as a platelayer on the railways until a work accident saw him transferred to the Railway Insitute where he worked as an assistant caretaker.

He also worked in a sorting office before retiring in 1975.

He married Rene Beckett at Queen’s Hall Methodist Church in Derby in 1938 and the couple enjoyed 63 years together before Rene died in 2001.

Even after his retirement William continued to work as a cleaner for five years at Normanton Road Technical College and was a volunteer with St. John Ambulance.

He was also a keen cyclist when he was younger and continued right into his 70s when he was forced to undergo a major spine operation.