Sing-along for Thetford resident’s 100th birthday

Family and friends gathered for a sing-along and party to mark the 100th birthday of a Thetford resident at the weekend.

Joe Stroud was born on October 27 1912 in Bethnal Green in London, but spent the majority of his adult life living in Brandon.

Members of the birthday boy's family and the Thetford over 60s lunch club, which Mr Stroud goes to every week at the Thetford Methodist Church, attended a party at the church on Saturday.

Mr Stroud, who worked for the Forestry Commission in Santon Downham for 20 years, started the Thetford Motorcycle Club in 1953. The keen oil painter was also one of the founding fathers of the Thetford Art Gallery in the Guildhall in the Market Place.

The 100-year-old has a son, Malcolm, two granddaughters, and three grandchildren. His wife Violet passed away eight years ago and he now lives in the Red House care home in Kilverstone.

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Residents at the home held a party for him on Friday.

Partygoers sang songs from the year Mr Stroud was born at the celebration at the Methodist Church on Saturday.

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