War veteran gets guard of honour for 100th birthday

Peterlee Catholic Club was the venue for Sammy Curry's 100th birthday celebration. Sammy is pictured here with some of his family and members of the Regiment of Foot who turned out in full historic costume to provide a guard of honour.
Peterlee Catholic Club was the venue for Sammy Curry's 100th birthday celebration. Sammy is pictured here with some of his family and members of the Regiment of Foot who turned out in full historic costume to provide a guard of honour.
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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.”