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    27 Dec 2008

    Newby celebrates 100th birthday


    Newby Boocock had an extra reason to celebrate over Christmas he was 100 years old.

    The centenarian reached the milestone yesterday.

    Newby, a popular High Barnes resident, puts his long life down to an active mind and active body.

    Friend and neighbour Margaret Corbett, 66, said: "He joined a badminton team when he was 15 and played until he was 82. He was also a big fan of walking in the Lakes. For 100 years old, he's marvellous."

    Newby was born in 1908 and lived with his parents at Primrose Crescent, Fulwell.

    He then lived at Belle Vue Crescent, Ashbrooke, until he married Nancy Grey. His wife became ill in the late 50s and died.

    Newby worked at Sunderland's Marine Technical College until he was 70 and has been a keen member of Ewesley Road Methodist Church for almost 90 years.

    A party was thrown to mark Newby's milestone at Age Concern's day club at St Gabriel's Church, Chester Road, Sunderland.

    Picture shows Newby Boocock celebrates his 100th birthday with staff and members of the St Gabriels day club.
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    Bill Finch beats Newby Boocock hands down.

    Boocock retired at 82.
    Finch is still playing... at 96

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    Olhand had to go and ruin it Lohs find 23minutes later :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swingbadabada View Post
    Olhand had to go and ruin it Lohs find 23minutes later :P
    I wasn't attempting to ruin anything

    Viewed in isolation, these are remarkable achievements.
    At 90+, most people would be eating through a nasal-tube.

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    These people aren't most people thats for sure. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swingbadabada View Post
    Olhand had to go and ruin it Lohs find 23minutes later :P
    On the contrary, I'm glad Oldhand brought out another example of a more senior player who's still playing past 90!

    My objective is to let BC members know that they should never complain and give the excuse that they are 'old' and can't play such a physically demanding game like badminton. In fact by continuing to play the game socially, one's physical and mental well-being can be enhanced.

    These examples give me the motivation to play on as long as possible!

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