D-Day veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Hartlepool

A surviving D-Day veteran celebrated his centenary this month by being given a guard of honour.

Durham Light Infantry sergeant Sammy Curry was delighted to be spending his 100th birthday party with the Regiment of Foot, which arrived in full historic costume to honour him.

Mr Curry was also presented with a statue of a Bren Gunner (a light machine gun) during the celebrations in Peterlee Catholic Club.

Fred Jones, branch secretary of the Horden and Peterlee branch of the DLI Association, told the Hartlepool Mail: “He [Mr Curry] got a free pint from the club when he turned 90 and it’s great to see him getting the same now he is 100.”

During the Second World War, Mr Curry fought in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He returned back to his Horden home in 1946 and, like his father, became a butcher until retirement.

Mr Curry, whose wife Dianah sadly passed away, has two children, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Graeme Foggin, chairman of the Horden and Peterlee branch of the DLI Association, told the newspaper: “We heard about Sammy’s birthday it felt right to do something. It’s the least we could do.”

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