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100th birthday for Bernard

100th birthday of Bernard Hackley, Grosvenor Park, Bexhil

100th birthday of Bernard Hackley, Grosvenor Park, Bexhil

Monday saw celebrations at BUPA home Grosvenor Park for residentBernard Hackley as he clocked up his century.

He was joined by daughter Jill Perkins, who lives in San Franciso, and her husband John.

Bernard was born in Birmingham and had a career as an underwriter at Royal Sun Alliance going on to become managing director of subsidiary company National Transport Insurance.

He joined the army in 1940 and served for more than five years, going from Lance Corporal to Warrant Officer.

He and wife Constance lived in Kent and after Jill emigrated they moved to the Thames Valley before retiring to Eastbourne. The couple were married for 65 years.

Bernard is a keen sports fan who is interested in football and snooker, and he enjoyes getting out in the fresh air and sunshine on his motorised scooter. At the age of 89 he wrote a book entitled The Kennedy Devonshire Connection.

Jill said: “Mentally he is 100 percent - he is really sharp, which is wonderful.”

 

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