Great grandfather Maurice celebrates milestone birthday

Centurion...Maurice Hayton
Centurion...Maurice Hayton

A man who was born during the first few months of World War One recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a party involving 50 members of his family and friends.

Maurice Hayton, who has lived at the Derwent House Care Home in Kexby for the past two years, received a birthday card from the Queen and a visit from the Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Paul West.

Mr Hayton, who grew up with 13 brothers and sisters, farmed at Newton-on-Derwent, with his wife, Vera, before they retired 30 years ago.

The farm involved pigs, sheep and cattle. His wife, who died four years ago, would help out on the farm.

The celebrations included many of his great grandchildren, grandchildren and some of his children.

Relatives said that he still likes to keep up to date with current affairs and politics.

Storm Chisholm, manager of the care homes, said: “It was a lovely occasion.

“He is in good spirits and enjoyed being with the many members of his family.

“It was a wonderful occasion and a marvellous atmosphere.”

A fruit cake was baked for the occasion and depicted links with cricket and shooting which he enjoyed following.