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John Metcalf on his 104th birthday.
John Metcalf on his 104th birthday.
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Staff and residents at The Village Care Home in South Hylton celebrated John Metcalf’s 104th birthday with a special party.

John was born in Maudy Street, Hendon, and left school at 14 to work at Sunderland Docks. After a few years, he started work at Hendon Paper Mill. During the Second World War, John joined the Royal Engineers and was a member of the bomb squad. This took him to many parts of the country with his skills at defusing bombs. The s staff at the care home speak very highly of Mr Metcalf, who is very popular with other residents.

At last week’s meeting of South Hylton Local History Society, the guest speaker was Anne Chisholm, a member of the society. She gave an illustrated talk about Rington’s Tea and how it has grown over the years from humble beginnings to the present time. Some very interesting memorabilia from members was on display. Anne was thanked, on behalf of members by chairman George Thompson. Final arrangements, for the society’s coffee morning on September 5 were made This will be held in the Tansy Centre from 10am-noon. There will be a raffle and tombola stall. Hylton WI will also be having a cake stall.

There will be a coffee morning in the Tansy Centre tomorrow starting at 10am. This will be followed at noon by the luncheon club. A two-course meal is served at a cost of £3.50, which includes tea or coffee. It would help with catering if you booked your place on 534 3910. The bingo club also continues to be very popular every Wednesday at 8pm. All are welcome.