100 NOT OUT! Mr Varley with KNH director Jo Tracey
A CENTENARIAN was given a birthday surprise as officials marked 100 years of social housing.
Frederick Varley, of Nettleton Road in Mirfield, was presented with a special hamper by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) to celebrate his 100th birthday on Wednesday.
It was part of a KNH campaign to present all of their 100-year-old tenants with a commemorative gift to mark the centenary of social housing in the UK – introduced in 1919 by Lord Christopher Addison.
Mr Varley grew up in Scout Hill and worked as an engineer at William James & Son in Dewsbury.
He served in the Royal Army Service Corps during World War II and worked with Richard Allan Radios in Batley until retiring.
He moved to Mirfield with his wife Nellie in 1989 and he’s lived in the KNH property ever since, coping on his own with the help of his son Roger since the death of Nellie in 2008.
Mr Varley said he has “no idea” what the secret to his longevity is, but said: “I just keep going day after day, doing the best I can!”