Leeds party for Eric’s milestone birthday

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A POPULAR centenarian was surrounded by his friends and family on Saturday for a special party to mark his impressive milestone.

Eric Barton, of Moortown, turned 100 on Friday but celebrated his big day at the weekend with a party in Chapel Allerton.

As well as gifts from family and friends, he was also presented with cards signed by dozens of neighbours - who he would help with odd jobs well into his 90s.

Mr Barton worked as a builder for most of his life - only stopping when he was 92, according to daughter Pam Scrubbs, 75.

She said: “He was always up a ladder doing different things. He was still going up ladders when he was 92, until I tried to stop him.

“He’s still fit and well. He doesn’t take any medication at all - not even aspirin.”

Mr Barton moved from Preston, in Lancashire, to Moortown in the early 30s, and went on to meet his wife Mary. After marriage and with the onset of war, he served as a private in the army and saw service in Dusseldorf, Germany.

On his return to Leeds, he took up his father’s building firm, Barton, and built a number of properties in Moortown, including The Green on Bentcliffe Avenue and four apartments at Green Court. He also did a lot of work for the Gascoigne family at Lotherton Hall.

Pam said a daily glass of whisky is his secret to a long life.

“He goes across to his friends over the road to have a nip of whisky every night,” she said.

Mr Barton has two grandchildren - Andrew, 48 and Linda, 51, and was also joined at the party by his two sisters, aged 90 and 96, who live in Preston.