Former Home Guard member and landworker turns 100

Thomas Norman Gray
Thomas Norman Gray

A man who grew up on and worked the land all his life has reached the centenary milestone with a party full of relatives.

Thomas Norman Gray, of Willoughby Grange Care Home, turned 100 with family and friends at the home on Wednesday.

Mr Gray, who prefers going by his middle name, was born in Struggs Hill, Sutterton.

He then moved to Kirton where he lived through all his childhood, growing up with two sisters.

Daughter Daphne said: “He had a happy childhood and was brought up on a farm.

“In them days they left school at 14 and went to work.”

After marrying late wife Peggy he moved to Sutterton and then to Algarkirk where he stayed until moving to Willoughby Grange.

Along with daughter Daphne, he as two sons, Robin and Ivor.

During his working life, Mr Gray was in the Home Guard and worked on the land all his life, starting in Kirton and working through two or three agricultural jobs until he retired in 1965.

During his earlier life he enjoyed gardening and playing whist and dominos. He also took an interest in local history.

Daphne said: “Everybody liked him, he was very well liked and he was known for going round selling papers for the Royal Legion as well.”

Mr Gray celebrated his birthday with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

The party included entertainment and a visit by Algarkirk Parish Council members.