Clifford celebrates 100th birthday in style
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Communities and also in Housing
A centenarian with a passion for singing has celebrated his 100th birthday in style.
Clifford Pinkney enjoyed a grand birthday bash at his home at Springbank sheltered housing complex in Salford and treated his guests to a sing-song.
Clifford was joined by friends and family, the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford Alan Clague and Mayoress Margaret, and social housing provider Salix Homes, which presented him with a commemorative plaque to mark the landmark occasion.
His son Gordon, 68, said: “He had a fantastic birthday; it’s the talk of the precinct. He loves singing, he’s sang his whole life and he got up and sang three songs at his party.
“He’s very highly thought of and he’s had that many cards that we haven’t got enough room to put them up, and of course he had his card off the Queen which he loves.”
Clifford was born in Southampton on September 5 1913. As a young child he moved with his family to Chesterfield and began working down the coal mines at the age of 13.
He met his late wife Ella Charlesworth, who he describes as the “love of his life”, before the outbreak of the Second World War when he was playing with his band at a hotel in Oldham. The pair married in 1936 and had three sons.
During the war Clifford joined the civilian air force and prepared aircrafts for battle, including the Lancaster Bomber.
After the war the family settled in Oldham and Clifford worked as a sheet metal worker for more than 30 years at Nuttalls of Rochdale and later Cheethams of Newton Heath.
Tragically his beloved wife Ella died of stomach cancer at the age of 53 and Clifford never remarried.
After retiring at 70, he moved to Salford living off Langworthy Road before moving to Springbank eight years ago.
Clifford, who has three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, still lives independently and says the secret to his longevity is a good diet and not much alcohol.
Son Gordon added: “His secret is that he’s never been a boozer, he enjoys a good diet and he always keeps himself smart. I’m very proud of him. He’s a very kind and generous dad and will do anything for anyone.”
Jackie Crook, community involvement and new initiatives manager at Salix Homes, which manages the Springbank sheltered housing complex, said: “Clifford is a remarkable man and we were very proud to help him celebrate his 100th birthday alongside his friends and family.
“Everyone at Salix Homes would like to wish Clifford a very happy 100th birthday and we hope we get to help him celebrate many more birthdays in the future.”