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Family help Fred to mark his 104th birthday in style

PUBLISHED: 11:54 24 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 24 December 2015

Fred Mason who celebrates his 104th birthday on December 19th. Fred is pictured with his daughter Joan Rampling and grandson Stephen Rampling.  Picture: James Bass

Fred Mason who celebrates his 104th birthday on December 19th. Fred is pictured with his daughter Joan Rampling and grandson Stephen Rampling. Picture: James Bass

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A Great Yarmouth man had 104 reasons to celebrate life on his birthday.

A Great Yarmouth man had 104 reasons to celebrate life on his birthday.

Fred Mason, was born on December 19, 1911 - the same year as the launch of the titanic.

And over the next 104 years, he has seen many changes in which there have been four monarchs and two world wars.

On Saturday, December 19, he marked the special day by celebrating with family members including his daughter Joan Rampling and grandson Stephen, at his care home -The Gables, in Gorleston.

One of four children to mother Rosina, and father Frederick, Mr Mason attended Church Road School in Gorleston.

After leaving school, he trained to be a wheelwright - starting off as an apprentice at Ben Muttons, on Beccles Road in 1925.

He then moved onto work for both Eastern County Coach Works, followed by Webbers where he worked from 1939 up until his retirement - aged 65, in 1976.

During his time at Webbers, the premises were heavily damaged by bombs during the Second World War, and were later flooded in 1952.

He was married to his late wife, Ivy Ellen Collins - who he met on Gorleston seafront - in 1936.

Together they had one child, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Speaking about her father, Joan, said: “He was very much into gardening, music and he had a big love for birds.

“He bred budgies, canaries, and we would have them on show at competitions in which he won prizes.

“He was also very much into his marquetry and he made wooden toys and furniture during the Second World War.

“Though his birthday is a very special day, for him it was like almost any other day.

“He has lived such a long amazing life and seen so many changes. He is quite deaf today, but he still really enjoys life and loves seeing his family.”

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