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RAF Veteran Celebrates 104th Birthday with Fellow Veterans in a Service of Remembrance

A Kidderminster care home resident and World War Two veteran celebrated his 104th birthday with a wonderful surprise.

John (Jack) Jeffrey Beavon, from Care UK’s Brook Court, on Oldnall Road, was delighted to be joined by a number of fellow veterans and loved ones to mark his 104th birthday on 10th November.

The team at Brook Court knew they wanted to do an extra special celebration for Jack on his big day, so they liaised with the Captain of the Mercian Regiment to arrange for other veterans to attend Jack’s party. Together, the veterans remembered the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen who served in both World Wars, in a service of Remembrance that began at 11am with a bugler.

Revealing his secret to a long and happy life, Jack, who is well known at the home for his loving relationship with his wife, said: “Don’t take things too seriously – get yourself a good wife and family to share your memories with.”

With a slice of birthday cake and plenty of special gifts on the day, the team threw Jack a big party and organised a lunch at Brook Court where he was joined by his family.

Jack added: “I was blown away by the regiment coming in and bringing me such lovely presents. I was overwhelmed in the best possible way.”

Lazarus Staziyo, Home Manager at Brook Court, said: “Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Jack’s birthday, and he was particularly pleased to see the former veterans and Captain of the Mercian Regiment in attendance.

“Jack has been living with his wife Winifred at Brook Court for just over two years now, and it’s fair to say the home wouldn’t be the same without the pair. Jack’s wonderful outlook on life never fails to make us smile and his quick wit definitely keeps us on our toes!

“Here at Brook Court, we always strive to make an occasion of birthdays, and Jack’s 104th was no exception. The service was very moving, and it meant a lot to Jack to see other veterans there. Thank you to everyone who came and made the day extra special!”

 

 
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