“Remarkable” Douglas celebrates his 100th birthday in Bungay
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During his lifetime he has visited countries all across the globe and survived two world wars, but nowadays Douglas Huke likes nothing more than to watch an episode of The Two Ronnies or Morecambe and Wise.
And on Sunday Douglas, or Dougie as he is known by friends and family, celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family at the All Hallows Nursing Home, Bungay, where he is a resident.
Mr Huke said: “I had a lovely party on Sunday in the lounge with a surprise cake in the shape of a ship.”
Mr Huke was born on July 24, 1916, to Albert and Harriet Huke at the Post Office in Bramfield, after his mother was forced to leave the family home in Lowestoft due to shelling by German forces.
After leaving St Margaret’s College in Lowestoft, aged 14, he took his first job working in a motor repair shop.
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And in 1932, Mr Huke’s sister Majorie made friends with a girl called Violet Cooper, who later went on to marry her brother.
The couple were married in 1940, despite the wedding being called off twice due to Mr Huke being called back to the SS Ormonde as he had now joined the Merchant Navy, following the outbreak of the Second World War.
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And in 1945 Mrs Huke gave birth to their son Roger.
While aboard the SS Ormonde Mr Huke visited places across the globe such as Brisbane, Cape Town, the Suez Canal and Norway.
After being discharged, Mr Huke worked for British Rail for 36 years carrying out a variety of roles before retiring in 1981 on the his 65th birthday.
Mrs Huke sadly passed away in 2000 after the couple had been married for 59 years, and in 2003 Mr Huke’s son passed away aged 58.
On reaching his milestone birthday Mr Huke said: “In life it’s sometimes good and its sometimes hard but you just keep going. You can only do the best you can, you can’t do anymore.”
Pat Smith, Mr Huke’s niece, added: “He is remarkable and an inspiration to us all to keep pushing on, he is still so sharp and is always telling stories of his life.”