The oldest person in Burnley, Mr Hartley Eastwood, has celebrated a very special 107th birthday.
The remarkable Mr Eastwood still entertains staff at Dove Court Nursing Home in Burnley where he regales them with stories from his extraordinarily long life.
Born at 31 North Street on March 17th, 1907, Mr Eastwood lived in his own home until 2008 and still has an astounding memory of events few people, if any, in Burnley can recall personally.
The lifelong Clarets fan can even recount the day a century ago this year that Burnley brought the FA Cup home after a victorious final in the old Crystal Palace.
Speaking to the Express, Mr Eastwood, said: “I can remember my mother Annie taking me into Burnley town centre where the cup was paraded from a horse-drawn double-decker. There were huge crowds there.
“I also recall a monkey once being brought to Turf Moor where someone placed it on the crossbar.”
He still listens to Clarets’ games on the radio, and said he was pleased with Burnley’s recent victory over rivals Blackburn Rovers.
Mr Eastwood also recalled going to the Tivoli Cinema, off Colne Road, and even remembers the silent films.
He added: “People used to get up and sing a song at the pictures for a tuppenny packet of biscuits.”
Mr Eastwood worked for many years at John Gray’s weaving mill in Elm Street before progressing to be a tackler at mills in Nelson.
He recalled being a keen crown green bowler at the Victoria Bowling Club.
Mr Eastwood also played football for Colne Road Wesleyan Sunday School and played cricket for local mill teams.
Too young to serve in the First World War, Mr Eastwood was an ARP warden during the Second World War.
He didn’t marry until he was 54, but wife Muriel died some years ago. His brother Harry was killed in an accident while managing a mill in Peru and he also had a sister, Agnes.
Lizzie Turner, care assistant at Dove Court, said: “Hartley is lovely. He’s remarkably bright and always has a story to tell, usually about football. He comes down for sing-alongs in the home and enjoys sitting out in the garden in the summer.”
According to figures, Mr Eastwood is the 142nd oldest person in the UK.