Football fan Albert scores the biggest goal of all

100th birthday at Patchett Lodge, Holbeach Albert Hornell with staff Cathie Whenman, Nikki Formaqn, Jane Dunham-Hall, Janice Mace ANL-150122-170311001
100th birthday at Patchett Lodge, Holbeach Albert Hornell with staff Cathie Whenman, Nikki Formaqn, Jane Dunham-Hall, Janice Mace ANL-150122-170311001
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He was surrounded by his closest family for a party at Patchett Lodge in Holbeach. The huge Arsenal birthday cake was a surprise brought in by his family. Albert also received a 100th birthday balloon and a telegram from the Queen.

Dawn Walker, activity carer, said: ”His face lit up when he entered the room.

“It was lovely to see.”

Albert has been a popular resident at Patchett Lodge since he moved there a year ago.

Carer Cathie Whenman said: “I have some great conversations with him.”

Albert’s brother from Holbeach and sister from Peterborough both attended the party.

His son, Michael, said: “He’s a grand old fella.

“It was a real family get-together – we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

Albert interacted with the local musical entertainer Trudie Mason, who regularly visits the care home.

Dawn said: “He really got involved, we had an entertainer called Trudie and they had a good old chat.”

Born at Holbeach Bank, Albert was third oldest in a family of six and went on to live at Holbeach St Marks.

He was a farm worker from the age of 14 for the West family and he retired at 65.

Albert married his wife, Lilian, in 1939 and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1989.

Michael said: “They spent all their time together – they were inseparable.”

The couple have two sons, Michael and Gerald, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

From childhood, Albert had a strong passion for football.

He played for the local team at Holbeach St Marks.

Michael said “He’s always loved football, Now he doesn’t play, he always watches it.

“In particular, he cheers on Arsenal when watching them.

“Football continues to be his biggest passion in life.”