Sunderland centenarian’s week of celebrations to mark turning 100

Jim Trotter pictured with his son Ian, right, niece Doreen McNally and his great great grandson Luke Taylor, 11 months, at Lakeside Social Club.
Jim Trotter pictured with his son Ian, right, niece Doreen McNally and his great great grandson Luke Taylor, 11 months, at Lakeside Social Club.
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A Sunderland centenarian enjoyed a week of celebrations after reaching his milestone birthday.

Jim Trotter from Aden Tower, Lakeside Village, who turned 100 years old on March 21, marked the occasion with a family party at the Lakeside Club, in Sunderland, on Saturday.

Among those present was his son Ian, 75, who flew over from Berlin for the big occasion.

“I’ve had a lovely week and a lovely day,” Jim said.

“It was my birthday on Monday and celebrations have been going on all week.

“Around 50 relations and friends came along to the club for a couple of hours, and we had a bit of a party.

Jim was born in Burdon Street, Ryhope, and worked at Ryhope Colliery for seven years from the age of 14.

He later worked in insurance for the Salvation Army before marrying his late wife Margaret Trotter in 1940 and moving to Kettering, Northamptonshire. The couple had their son Ian Trotter, 75, who now lives in Berlin in Germany.

Unable to serve in the Army as he was deaf in one ear, Mr Trotter worked in a shoe factory, as a baker for Weetabix and as a cashier collecting rent for Kettering Borough Council before retiring in 1981.

Jim married again, to late wife Doreen, in 1986.

Son Ian said: “He is lovely and has a great sense of humour which is something he has kept.

“He was a hard worker all his life.”