Exmouth former engineer celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 09:27 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 19 September 2017

Cutting of Arthur's birthday cake and a champagne toast to his good health completed the festivities. From left to right: James Macgregor (son-in-law), Kirsty Macgregor (granddaughter), Cheryl Magregor (daughter), Kyle Shaw (great-grandson), Arthur Alfred Jenkins, Martin Jenkins (son) and Janet Jenkins (daughter-in-law)

Cutting of Arthur's birthday cake and a champagne toast to his good health completed the festivities. From left to right: James Macgregor (son-in-law), Kirsty Macgregor (granddaughter), Cheryl Magregor (daughter), Kyle Shaw (great-grandson), Arthur Alfred Jenkins, Martin Jenkins (son) and Janet Jenkins (daughter-in-law)

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Arthur Jenkins, who has lived in Exmouth more than 50 years, celebrated his 100th birthdya with friends and family.

An Exmouth man has celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Arthur Jenkins, of Vansittart Drive, was the toast of party held at the Imperial Hotel featuring a performance by ‘The Harlequin Strummers’ ukulele band from Budleigh Salterton.

He was born and grew up in Staffordshire and upon leaving school seved an apprenticeship with a large engineering company.

During World War Two, Arthur was a reserved occupation and specialised in the manufacture of munitions and aircraft components.

He lost an eye in a ‘blackout’ in 1939 and after moving to Leicestershire in the early 40s, met his wife Betty Irene.

After the war he set up his own engineering firm, Betwin Engineering Ltd specialising in components for automotive industries.

In the 1960s the company opened a new factory in Pound Lane, Exmouth. Arthur has lived in the town for more than 50 years.

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