Clarets fan Bert celebrates 100th birthday

Bert Brindley celebrates his 100th birthday
Bert Brindley celebrates his 100th birthday

A remarkable gentleman celebrated his 100th birthday in the Burnley house he has called home for 66 years.

Kent-born Mr Bert Brindley moved to Cromer Avenue with his late wife Mary Helen in 1949, several years after the pair met in London.

It is only the last few years that I’ve slowed down a bit

Bert Brindley

Bert, who only gave up driving two years ago, put his longevity down to “good genes and moderation” – his father Leonard was 97 when he died and his mother Emily lived to 101.

He said: “I can’t grumble, I’ve had a good life and been very lucky. It is only the last few years that I’ve slowed down a bit.

“My late wife Mary, who died in 1978, was born in Burnley and so we decided to move up here after the war.

“Ever since I met her I have been a follower of Burnley Football Club – I really like their claret and blue colours.”

Bert received a special 100 shirt from the club as well as a birthday card from the Queen, although he asked friends and family to make donations to children’s charities rather than give him presents.

Father to John and Anne, he also has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, some of whom live in New Zealand and Canada.

Bert began working life aged as a copy boy for the News Chronicle in London, carrying copy from reporters in the Houses of Parliament back to the newspaper in Bouverie Street, just off Fleet Street.

Two years later Bert started work as a cocktail waiter at the famous Lyons Corner House restaurant in Piccadilly Circus. He recalled the famous clientele which included Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

He added: “Mary was a Burnley girl but was working at the restaurant when we met. We had our honeymoon in Devon and the weekend we returned to London war was declared. I remember all the children being evacuated.”

During the war, Bert served in the Signals Corps at home but also in Burma and India.

When moving to Burnley he became a television and refrigerator engineer.

A keen traveller, Bert has always enjoyed reading and theatre, and was a keen sportsman in his younger years.

He will celebrate his birthday with friends and family at the Bertram’s Restaurant, Crow Wood.

Bert added: “I would like to thank all my friends, family and neighbours who have helped me over the years, as well as the NHS. I have been very lucky.”