Herbert celebrates the big 100

WALKING five miles to school when he was just five years old did not seem to do Herbert Robinson much harm, as he has now celebrated his 100th birthday.

WALKING five miles to school when he was just five years old did not seem to do Herbert Robinson much harm, as he has now celebrated his 100th birthday.

Complete with his telegram from the Queen the centenarian enjoyed a party to celebrate his milestone with his family all around him.

Mr Robinson, who was the founder of the Labour Club in Landseer Road, Ipswich lived for most of his life in the town.

Married to Frances, the couple had two children, Denis and Joyce, and lived around Ipswich during their married life.

They lived in Frampton Road for many years before moving to Queensberry Road.

Mr Robinson was born in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea and was one of eleven children.

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He began work at just 13 years old on a bread round and then became a painter and decorator, first working at The Sanitorium before working for Ipswich Borough Council.

After living in his own home until he was 95, Mr Robinson, moved first to Cliff Lane nursing home and finally to Crabbe Street nursing home where he had his birthday party.

A long life must run in the family as his sister Rose Munford also reached her 100th birthday.

Unlike his brothers Mr Robinson was too young to serve in the First World War and too old for the Second World War, but still managed to play his part by being involved with the Home Guard.

He is now the only surviving sibling, three of whom moved to Canada.

His daughter-in-law Janet Robinson of Maryon Road, Ipswich said: "He is quite a character.

"He used to go to the Labour Club especially on a Sunday lunchtime, but when he got that he could not walk very far any more, he asked us to get him a bike so he could lean on it to get there!"

Mr Robinson's favourite drink is whisky and he was presented with a bottle at his party.

Mrs Robinson said: "He really enjoyed his party and was tucking into chocolates and whisky."

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