100th Birthday delight

Peterlee Catholic Club was the venue for Sammy Curry's 100th birthday celebration. Sammy is pictured here with some of his family and members of the Regiment of Foot who turned out in full historic costume to provide a guard of honour.
Peterlee Catholic Club was the venue for Sammy Curry's 100th birthday celebration. Sammy is pictured here with some of his family and members of the Regiment of Foot who turned out in full historic costume to provide a guard of honour.

A D-DAY veteran celebrated his centenary by being given a guard of honour.

Durham Light Infantry sergeant Sammy Curry, of Peterlee, had a spectacular 100th birthday party as the Regiment of Foot turned up in full historic costume to honour him.

Proud Mr Curry was also presented with a statue of a Bren Gunner at the bash in front of his friends and family at Peterlee Catholic Club.

Fred Jones, branch secretary of the Horden and Peterlee branch of the DLI Association, paid tribute to Mr Curry.

“He got a free pint from the club when he turned 90 and it’s great to see him getting the same now he is 100.”

Mr Curry enlisted in the Army in June 1940 less than a year after the outbreak of the Second World War and fought in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany as the Allies defeated Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.

Despite this, the only illness he ever encountered during wartime was a bout of tonsillitis.

He returned back to his Horden home in 1946 and on leaving the Army followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a butcher until retirement.

Widower Mr Curry, whose wife Dianah passed away a number of years ago, still lives independently and has two children, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Graeme Foggin, chairman of the Horden and Peterlee branch of the DLI Association, said: “We heard about Sammy’s birthday it felt right to do something. It’s the least we could do.”