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Happy 100th, Bert – we’ll help you do your garden
A POPULAR Newent resident was given a helping hand with his garden as a special present to celebrate his 100th birthday.
Centenarian Bert Bullock, of Watery Lane, was delighted when the team from Two Rivers Housing Association turned up on his doorstep to give his garden a birthday trim.
Local neighbourhood advisor George Ehoro set up the birthday surprise for Mr Bullock, known by people in Newent as ‘Uncle Bert’.
He said: “Bert is still committed to his garden and has green fingers. Whatever he touches grows, and he is enormously proud of his Two Rivers home. But sometimes he needs a bit of help from his friends, and his birthday seemed the perfect time to give his garden a birthday boost.”
Mr Bullock said it was a “lovely surprise”.
“I do want to keep my garden looking good and at my age it can sometimes be a worry, he said. “It was wonderful of George and the lads to come over and help me out. I was delighted to see them. I really did have a wonderful birthday.”
Born in Westbury in 1912, Bert married his wife Nancy in 1936 and they had one son, Edmund.
He spent the early years of his career as a butcher and used to help drive the cattle to Newent market. He later joined the RAF and was demobbed in 1946, going on to work for Bidmead's Builders and Newent Sawmill.
As well as the surprise assistance with his garden, Mr Bullock enjoyed a birthday party in Newent Memorial Hall, organised by his niece Kendle Hill.