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Legion join forces to help celebrate Albert’s 102nd in Keighley
8:10am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Royal British Legion members banded together to ensure Britain’s oldest surviving ex-Royal Marine had a 102nd birthday to remember at his Keighley care home.
Albert Joyner lives at Herncliffe in Spring Gardens Lane. He celebrated his birthday at the home on Friday, alongside members of the legion and his daughter, Pam.
Legion committee member Alan Cooper said: “It was fantastic. We had a private room provided for us and Albert had a right good time. It was a lovely day.
“Albert had wanted to go to the Tan Hill pub, but unfortunately it was a bit far for him to travel, so we bought him something to drink from the pub instead!”
Mr Joyner, a former apprentice tailor, joined the Marines in 1930.
In 1932, while serving on HMS Dragon, he helped victims of a hurricane that devastated the Cayman Islands.
He served on Arctic convoys during the Second World War, helping to deliver food and munitions to Russia.
He later went on to become president of Bradford and District Royal Marines’ Association, and has raised thousands of pounds over the years for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies.
He was presented with life membership of the Royal Marines’ Association earlier this year during a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor of Bradford.
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