Birthday dinner for Quadring stalwart Norman Featherstone raises money for leukaemia research
A retired farmer from Quadring who has been at the centre of his village's life for at least 70 years has turned 90 in style.
Norman Featherstone was surrounded by 50 guests, including sons David and Michael, as he enjoyed a carvery lunch at The Bell in Pinchbeck.
Instead of bringing presents for Mr Featherstone, a co-founder of the annual Quadring Senior Citizens Dinner which was held for the 70th time last month, guests were invited to make a donation towards the work of Leukaemia UK instead.
Mr Featherstone said: "It was a very good fundraising dinner for Leukaemia UK and we managed to raise £400 for the charity to help celebrate my 90th birthday.
"Because my present wife suffers from leukaemia, I decided to donate the money to the charity and the party went very well."
As well as being a former secretary of the senior citizens' party committee in Quadring, a role now held by Michael, Mr Featherstone was also a churchwarden at St Margaret's in the village for 40 years and still gives talks about the history of Quadring.
He said: "I've lived in Quadring all my life and, as a matter of fact, I'm back living in the house where I was born.
"After leaving school, I helped my father with the farming and carried on until I retired at the age of 84.
"Before retirement, I was a member of Toc H (an international charity set up during World War I where members would help others in their community through acts of service) and we wanted to do something in Quadring.
"So we started a party for senior citizens in the village and when Toc H finished, we decided to keep the party going.
"There were 60 people at the first one but now that the population of Quadring is growing, the number of people who can really enjoy it is bigger and many of then aren't used to having things like this where they live."
Mr Featherstone's life has brought both joy and sorrow, including 53 years of marriage to his first wife, Myra.
"When I lost Myra, I remarried in July 2011 and I have two sons, who were both at the party, along with two cousins but no grandchildren.
"I did have some birthday cards and presents, but my prized card was the one I got from Lincoln City Football Club.
"The card is one that I quite treasure because me and my sons are all supporters."
Mr Featherstone revealed the secret of his long life so far to be "a good pair of legs and hard work".
He said: "I live from year to year and see how I get on, keeping active because hard work doesn't hurt you."