Norman celebrates his 100th

100th birthday celebrations for Norman Hotchkin and his family.
100th birthday celebrations for Norman Hotchkin and his family.
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The second week of June saw Deeping St James resident Norman Hotchkin become one of only a few thousand centenarians in England.

Married since 1945, Norman celebrated his 100th birthday with family, friends, and wife Marjorie.

At 98 years old herself, she and Norman are believed to be one of Britain’s oldest couples.

As Norman has been heavily involved in the Methodist church throughout his life, the day began with a short service of thanksgiving at Deeping St James Methodist Church, an event attended by over 90 people.

A lunch was then held in the 100-year-old’s honour by his daughter, Ruth Scholfield, and her husband John.

With Marjorie and Norman’s 10-month-old great-granddaughter in attendance at the celebration, there was a whopping 99-year age gap between the oldest and the youngest guest.

Norman also shares his birthday with great-grandson Robin Scholfield, who turned six this year.

Daughter Ruth said: “It was a great day and it was wonderful to have everyone together.”

It was not only the centenarian’s family that were involved in his birthday celebrations though.

Mr Hotchkin received a card the Queen as well as a telegram from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.