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A FORMER Wellworthy’s apprentice and lifelong supporter of Hampshire County Cricket Club has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Wearne joined the Lymington engineering factory as an apprentice starting at their Stanford Road site before later moving to Ampress Road. He left nearly 48 years later when he retired in 1986 at the age of 64.

Having moved to Lymington from the Isle of Wight when he was sixth-month-old baby, Norman, who went to Brockenhurst Grammar School, still lives in the family home he shared with late wife Dorothy.

Norman Wearne is 100
Norman Wearne is 100

They were married for 65 years, and had daughters Daryll and Sue.

He is said by his family to “know exactly what he wants and cannot always understand why others do not always see it the same way” – leaving them to comment: “After 100 years of experience, who’s to question his logic?”

He is now a grandfather of four and great-grandfather of nine, spread across the UK and Australia.

Still active in the garden, Norman is also a keen supporter of Portsmouth Football Club and was surprised to receive a birthday card and a programme signed by all the players. He was also very pleased with his card from the Queen.



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