East Dorset man celebrates 106th birthday

BIRTHDAY GATHERING: Harry Futcher cuddles Sable the rabbit and with his eldest daughter Sylvia, 84, meets a turkey

BIRTHDAY GATHERING: Harry Futcher cuddles Sable the rabbit and with his eldest daughter Sylvia, 84, meets a turkey

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A FORMER deep-sea diver who laid the foundations of Poole Bridge turns 106 today.

Animal lover Harry Futcher, of Oakdene Nursing and Residential Home, Three Legged Cross, kicked off celebrations yesterday with a visit from Mill Cottage Farm Experience, including pigs, lambs, ducks, rabbits and chickens.

Surrounded by four of his daughters, two grandsons and two great-grandsons, Mr Futcher told tales of diving off the South Coast during the Second World War.

He said: “There’s too many stories to count. There was no messing about, you had to do the job.

“The Americans let us down.

“It’s always dangerous diving, but you had to look out for yourself especially hard.

“I loved it.”

London-born Mr Fulcher, who thanks hard work and good food for his health, has nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

He has outlived two sons and another daughter.

Last Sunday he revisited Swanage, where he met his wife.

His daughter, Valerie Carr, 60, said: “We see no reason why we shouldn’t all be here celebrating next year, too.”

Oakdene employee Janice Clayton said: “Harry’s incredible. He was a bit poorly when he first came here over two years ago, but he’s so healthy now.”

Brought up in a Poor Law Home from the age of four, Mr Futcher joined the army as a bandsman at 14, and served in Egypt during the First World War.

He married and settled in Dorset, and played in Swanage and Poole Silver Bands.

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8:05am Thu 22 Apr 10

Huey says...

"East Dorset man celebrates 100th birthday"
"A former deep-sea diver who laid the foundations of Poole Bridge turns 106 today."
So is he 100 or 106?
Does the Echo ever check this stuff before it goes out??
Schoolboy errors tut tut tut
"East Dorset man celebrates 100th birthday" "A former deep-sea diver who laid the foundations of Poole Bridge turns 106 today." So is he 100 or 106? Does the Echo ever check this stuff before it goes out?? Schoolboy errors tut tut tut Huey
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8:41am Thu 22 Apr 10

Joy Dean says...

Happy birthday, Harry :-)
(definitely 106; easily checked in the free BMD site)
Happy birthday, Harry :-) (definitely 106; easily checked in the free BMD site) Joy Dean
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7:16pm Thu 22 Apr 10

Joy Dean says...

Thank you for correcting the error :-)
Thank you for correcting the error :-) Joy Dean
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8:33pm Thu 22 Apr 10

millzybabee says...

Joy Dean wrote:
Thank you for correcting the error :-)
He is 106....
Happy birthday great grandad.. i no you will see many more happy years
all my love you great grand daughter kayleigh xxx
[quote][p][bold]Joy Dean[/bold] wrote: Thank you for correcting the error :-)[/p][/quote]He is 106.... Happy birthday great grandad.. i no you will see many more happy years all my love you great grand daughter kayleigh xxx millzybabee
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