A D-DAY veteran celebrated his 100th birthday by being given a guard of honour.
Former Durham Light Infantry sergeant Sammy Curry, of Peterlee, had a spectacular party at Peterlee Catholic Club, where the Regiment of Foot turned up in historic costume.
Friends and family saw him presented with a statue of a Bren gunner.
Mr Curry enlisted in the Army in June 1940, less than a year after the outbreak of the Second World War, and fought in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.
The only illness he ever encountered during wartime was a bout of tonsillitis.
He returned back to his Horden home in 1946 and, on leaving the Army, followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a butcher until his retirement.
Mr Curry, whose wife, Dianah, died a number of years ago, still lives independently, and has two children, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Graeme Foggin, chairman of the Horden and Peterlee branch of the DLI Association, said: “We have our meetings at Peterlee Catholic Club and when we heard about Sammy’s birthday, it felt right to do something. It’s the least we could do.”