Stanley Partridge has fond memories of his time as a youngster growing up in Ilkeston.
Born on Nottingham Road in Ilkeston on January 26, 1915, Stanley served with the 409 Heavy Artillery Unit in World War Two for six years, and worked at Stanton Concrete for 47 years.
Stanley, who now lives in Trowell, celebrates his 100th birthday on Monday. He puts his long life down to his years of hard work. Even when he retired he carried on delivering a Sunday morning newspaper and would do gardening work for neighbours.
The father-of-three said: “I had my 21st birthday in Nottingham Road. My dad then bought a house on Ilkeston Road in Trowell for £250.”
Stanley left Kensington School at 14 and worked at Lace Webb in Sandiacre for four year, making springs for Ford cars. He then went to work at Selenese in Spondon, before working at Stanton,making concrete slabs and pipes.
He said: “When I was 19 I got called up for the war and used to man big guns that weighed 56 pounds. One day one of the other lads caught the firing level with his arm and it fired a shell into a ladies bathroom while she was in the bath.”
He met wife Yvonne while he was based at Leicester and they enjoyed 69 happy years together.
He said: “I’ve always been busy and always rode a bike.”
It was only three years ago that Stanley stopped cycling.