Oldest RAF veteran hits his century

CHEERS: Harry Lewis
CHEERS: Harry Lewis

A SECOND World War veteran from Hartlepool who is believed to be the oldest surviving ex-RAF airman is set to celebrate a milestone birthday.

Heroic Harry Lewis, who is believed to be the oldest living Second World War airman in the country, is set to celebrate his 100th birthday tomorrow.

Dad-of-two Harry served in the Orkney Islands, the Hebrides, both in Scotland, and Northern Ireland during his time in the RAF.

He was a regular at York Road Methodist Church, Hartlepool, where he met Martha Ward, who he married when he was 26.

Fifty years later the loving couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool.

He played football and cricket for Hartlepool Co-op, where he was renowned for possessing the “hardest left foot shot in Hartlepool”.

Harry moved to Redcar when he was 92. But he still remains an avid Hartlepool United fan and listens to his team play every week on the radio.