A GREAT-great-grandad from South Tyneside has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Enoch Growcott marked his centenary yesterday along with his loving family at Windsor Nursing Home, in Hebburn.
Dad got his telegram from the Queen too. It’s not often someone lives to be 100.Bob Growcott, Enoch’s son
Born in Reay Street, South Shields, in 1915, Enoch went on to attend the old Baring Street School, in the town.
He moved to Somerset in the early 1930s looking for work and met his future wife, Doris, who passed away in 2002, aged 83.
The pair tied the knot in Somerset in November 1938, and a year later, he was called up for service in the Second World War and served as an engineer in the Royal Marines.
Enoch, who has one son, Bob, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, toured in Iceland during his service.
Bob, 71, said: “There’s a film called The Cockleshell Heroes, which is a true story about the Royal Marines doing a raid on a German harbour in canoes.
“Dad did a lot of training with them, helping carry the kayaks where they were stationed in Portsmouth.
“The family is all over the world now, but those of us who could, got together for a celebration.
“Dad got his telegram from the Queen too. It’s not often someone lives to be 100.
“He’s a lovely man and very down-to-earth. He’s the oldest member of Brigham and Cowan’s social club.
“He lived on his own in Wellington Drive, South Shields, until about three months ago. He’s a very independent man and doesn’t want anybody to help him.
“But we’re very pleased he’s somewhere where he’s being well looked after and this is a big day for him.”