TWO birthday pals at a South Tyneside care home yesterday celebrated clocking up almost 200 years between them.
A joint party was held for Rose Downey and Jack Scott at Hebburn Court Nursing Home.
War veteran Mr Scott was marking turning 101 years young.
Meanwhile Mrs Downey was celebrating reaching 91.
Care home bosses had organised the party and invited along a singer to keep the pair, and fellow residents, entertained.
Rob Hearn, manager of the home, said: “Everyone had a lovely time. The singer performed songs from through the ages.
“Then we had a buffet-style birthday tea, so there was plenty of cake to go around.”
Mr Scott, an avid Newcastle fan, 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.
The father-of-one says he puts his longevity down to being virtually teetotal and living an active life.