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Surprise 100th birthday party and reunion for Salvation Army stalwart

Salvation Army stalwart Jack Webb turned 100. He is pictured with Mark Price from the organisation. GG

Salvation Army stalwart Jack Webb turned 100. He is pictured with Mark Price from the organisation. GG

A Boston man has celebrated his 100th birthday - by carrying out the Salvation Army role he has served in the town for 80 years.

Jack Webb, of King Street, sat in Boston’s busy Strait Bargate on Wednesday to sell the Salvation Army’s magazine The War Cry – with a big balloon to mark his big day.

Jack is a familiar face for many in the town and he attracted a variety of people who stopped to wish him well on his milestone day.

“It’s very important for me to be here today,” Jack said, “As I have done this for so long.”

On Saturday a surprise party and reunion was held in his honour.

About 150 people gathered at the Salvation Army headquarters in High Street to mark his birthday with a special surprise.

Jack has been one of the original members of the old Salvation Army Young People’s Band in Boston, formed around 1959 – and at the party 15 members joined him. Some of these he had not seen in more than 50 years.

His son Tim said: "He was really chuffed.

"He woke up on his birthday and just said 'I made it!'”

 

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