A FORMER chairman of Alnmouth Golf Club was surrounded by crowds of friends and family as he celebrated his century.
Deryck Walton, who lived in Foxton before he moved to the Hillcrest Care Home in Alnwick, turned 100 on Friday which he marked with a party at Foxton Golf Club. He also celebrated the following day at Hillcrest with well-wishers including Mayor of Alnwick Eileen Blakey.
And the secret to reaching such a ripe old age? “The luck of the draw, home-grown fruit and vegetables, plenty of booze, plenty of exercise and always to be looking forward,” he said.
Deryck, who was born in 1911, wworked as a qualified accountant for CA Parsons, eventually becoming finance director before his retirement in 1970.
He married Nancie Robinson, who he had first met at nursery school, in 1934. They had two children, Ann, who sadly died in 1957, and Sue. Nancie died in 1993 just before their 60th wedding anniversary.
A keen golfer, the sport was a key part of his and Nancie’s lives and he was a member of both Alnmouth and Northumberland golf clubs for more than 70 years.
He served as chairman of Alnmouth Golf Club for 12 years and captain in its centenary year of 1969. Deryck also wrote and published the history of the club in 1992 and was president of the county golf association.
During the Second World War, he was called up in 1939 and was about to go to the front in 1941, when the MoD sent him back to Parsons. For the rest of the war he ran the Home Guard unit at Parsons, as well as doing his job.