Another card from the Queen for Gilbert

Gilbert Anderson celebrates his 100 birthday at Peregrine House, with staff members Kirsty Stevenson, Karen McDonald, Alison Bedford, Nicholla Clarkson.
Gilbert Anderson celebrates his 100 birthday at Peregrine House, with staff members Kirsty Stevenson, Karen McDonald, Alison Bedford, Nicholla Clarkson.

A Whitby man is building up his collection of cards from the Queen, this time getting a telegram as part of his 100th birthday celebrations.

Gilbert Atkinson, a resident at Peregrine House, reached the milestone onMonday.

Among the dozens of cards from family and friends was one from Her Majesty who has previously sent cards of congratulations to Gilbert and his late wife Ethel after they celebrated their 70th and subsequent wedding anniversaries.

The couple, originally from Morley near Leeds, moved to Whitby in 1981, following Gilbert’s retirement.

He spent the pre-war years as an engineer for Arrow Aircrafts making engine parts for Lancaster bombers and was excused National Service because of his work.

Following spells at other engineering companies he then worked for the civil service before retiring in 1979 at the age of 63.

Gilbert and Ethel were fans of the East Coast and the Lake District but settled on relocating to Whitby and moved to St Andrew’s Road. They lived there until moving to Peregrine together at Christmas 2012.

The couple were members of Trinity Church, Flowergate, where Gilbert was secretary and also a lay preacher.

He was in three choirs and for many years the pair danced at the LP Centre.

Ethel passed away in April 2013, aged 94.

The couple had three children, Maureen, Howard and Alan, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

There was a full family party at Peregrine on Sunday and a special tea party was held for Gilbert with his friends at the home on Tuesday afternoon as well.