Bacton man James “Jimmy” Gooch celebrates 90th birthday

A former business man from Bacton recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a big surprise party.

James Gooch, affectionately known as Jimmy, celebrated his special day at the Lighthouse Inn pub at Walcott,

Born in 1922 in the house adjacent to Gooch's Garage, he spent nearly five years in the army and most of his working life was based at Bacton delivering sand, gravel, sugar beet and coal for his father's business.

He retired at the age of 74.

His only son Chris, who ran the garage business, died five years ago but his widow Jenny, continued to work on the administration side of the business for a couple of years. Grandson James Gooch junior then took it over.


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Mr Gooch said his active attitude contributes to his well-being and he regularly enjoys making his own bread.

He added: 'I also enjoy a wee drop of whisky occasionally.'

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He was also a darts captain for 50 years and is still recognised as president of the darts team at North Walsham District Darts League.

Nearly 200 people turned up to celebrate his birthday.

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