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Veteran fan Jack joins Ton Army

SPECIAL DAY ... Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ernest Gibson hands over a book and travel clock to 100-year old Jack Scott. They were joined by Jacks son who is also called Jack.

SPECIAL DAY ... Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ernest Gibson hands over a book and travel clock to 100-year old Jack Scott. They were joined by Jacks son who is also called Jack.

A VETERAN South Tyneside football supporter has scored a century as a Newcastle United fan.

Jack Scott celebrated his 100th birthday with legendary former Newcastle forward Peter Beardsley, who called in to see the birthday boy at Hebburn Court Care Home in Witty Avenue, Hebburn.

Mr Scott was also presented with a signed football from the club, while former Toon Army hero Alan Shearer sent a signed photograph and his best wishes.

Peter Beardsley wished Mr Scott many happy returns, and congratulated him for supporting the Magpies all of his life, including the club’s glory days in the 1950s.

He said: “I’m sure you enjoyed all the great moments of that era, watching the likes of Jackie Milburn and Bobby Mitchell. I am delighted to hear you are such a huge fan and still keeping in touch with all things Newcastle United.”

Born in South Shields, Mr Scott was educated at the town’s former Dean Road School. He initially found work at John Readhead & Sons shipyard in the town, working as a crane driver and in weights and measures.

His war service as a leading air mechanic included time on the famously tough Arctic convoys and with the American Sixth Fleet in the Pacific.

Mr Scott met his late wife, Margaret, at an ice cream parlour in Laygate, South Shields, and they married at the former St Mary’s Church, South Eldon Street, South Shields.

The couple’s only child, Jack, 66, said: “My dad lived at home in Ullswater Gardens, South Shields, until less than a year ago and has never been ill in his life.

“He’s always been a big Newcastle United fan and I remember being taken as a boy to game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in 1955.”

Another passion of Mr Scott’s, who has two grandchildren and one great-grandchild, is the Labour Party.

He said: “I’ve been a Labour supporter all my life. I liked Gordon Brown as a Chancellor and Tony Blair as Prime Minister.”

Asked for the secret of his healthy longevity, Mr Scott said: “I’ve always kept active and I’ve been a virtual teetotaller most of my life.”

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, presented Mr Scott with council mementoes, including a history of South Shields Town Hall.

Coun Gibson said: “I think it’s a wonderful achievement to reach such a grand old age.”

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