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Jeepster Joe celebrates 100th birthday 1940s style

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A former soldier celebrated his 100th birthday in style, cruising round Morley in an army jeep and waving at shopkeepers and passers-by.

Joseph Morton arrived at his party at the Morley United Services Club on a 1948 bus, borrowed from the Dewsbury Bus Museum on July 20.

He was greeted by around 120 guests in 1940s military outfits, before receiving signed photos of singer Dame Vera Lynn and former politician Michael Portillo as well as his congratulatory telegram from the Queen.

Mr Morton, who was born in Lofthouse and has lived at his current house in Tingley for 56 years, served for more than three years doing Royal Service in Europe.

He also spent time working at the Yorkshire Publishing Organisation and as a projectionist at the old Empire cinema in Outwood.

Joseph asked for no presents to be given on the day, requesting instead that all well-wishers donate to his favourite charities: The British Legion and The Alzheimer’s Society.

A total of £580 was subsequently raised and will be split between the two causes.

Mr Morton’s son-in-law, Chris Nutton, said: “It was a fantastic day and Joseph certainly enjoyed himself.

“We all had a brilliant time.”

And despite hitting three figures, Joseph is still as sprightly as ever.

Chris said: “He takes no medication, no tablets, and you can have a full conversation with him.

He’s got some great memories, the number of times I’ve reminisced with him, we could write a book from the all stories he’s got to tell.”

 

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