Horace hits one hundred!

A FORMER shoe repairer has celebrated his 100th birthday in Swanwick this week.

Centenarian Horace Woodward was visited by dignitaries from Derbyshire County Council and was also presented with a telegram from the Queen to mark the special occasion.

Horace was born on the Calke Abbey estate, near Ticknall in South Derbyshire, and is the son of a gamekeeper and a maid.

He married Gertrude in 1941 and opened a shoe repair shop in Burton-on-Trent. They lived in Newhall, near Swadlincote, also in South Derbyshire, until his wife’s death, when he moved in with his daughter Anita Burchell for 12 years. He later lived in South Wingfield and then moved to North Wales, where he shared a house with a friend, before finally moving into Rowthorne Care Home in Swanwick two years ago.

Daughter Anita said: “He is the youngest of a long-lived family. He’s never smoked or drunk much.

He’s always been a gentle person - quite laid back! He doesn’t let things bother him.”

Horace has three granddaughters, aged 42, 41 and 33, as well as six great grandchildren, ranging in age from two to 16. Care home manager Jane Price said the day was marked with an open house party.