Ken celebrates 100th in style at care home
A popular and charismatic gentleman celebrated his 100th birthday in style last Thursday with a tour of Aston Martin’s headquarters.
Ken Morris was treated to a day at the luxury car firm’s base in Gaydon before arriving back at Juniper House Care Home in Brackley to celebrate the milestone with family and friends.
Mr Morris, who was one of the first residents to move in to the home, said: “I had a really wonderful day.
“I really enjoyed meeting everyone at Aston Martin and looking at all the engines of the different cars. That was my favourite part.
“Everybody was really kind to me.”
The day was organised by the care home and also coincided with Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary.
Mr Morris was able to speak to members of staff before having a look at cars from the past and present.
Born and raised in Altrincham, south Manchester, Mr Morris was sent to boarding school in Ellesmere aged eight.
He later worked for his grandfather’s business John Morris and Sons Ltd in Salford, where he made hoses for fire engines in the area.
He also made extra money by boxing in the middleweight division on the Manchester circuit when he was about 21, and his best purse was £500.
During the Second World War he spent some time working with Rolls Royce aeroplane engines which were installed in Spitfire and Lancaster aircrafts.
Mr Morris met his late wife Mildred about 20 years ago and they became one of the first couples to move into Juniper House in March 2012. Mildred died in July. Mr Morris has a step son called Trevor.
He said: “I have got a good family that look after me and the girls at the care home are really good to me too.”
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