Pointon stalwart Roy celebrates 100th birthday

100-year-old Roy Johnson at his home in Pointon EMN-151108-150859009
100-year-old Roy Johnson at his home in Pointon EMN-151108-150859009
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A Pointon stalwart whose only reason for leaving the village was to go to war celebrated his 100th birthday this week.

Roy Johnson reached his century on Saturday and enjoyed a party with friends at The Old Ship Inn.

Roy moved to Pointon from Gosberton aged just six months, and apart from a brief stint in Horbling has spent his entire life there.

The only thing that got in the way was the Second World War, during which Roy was stationed in Egypt but also served in several southern European countries until the conflict ended.

Luckily for Roy, a lorry driver by trade with T Bates and Sons, he never encountered frontline fighting as part of the Royal Corps of Signals. But he still picked up four medals: the France and Germany Star, the 1939–1945 Star, the Africa Star and the Italy Star.

After the war he returned to Pointon, although he carried on driving lorries. “I was pleased to be back,” he said. “I had been away for all that time.”

Roy married Doreen, in August 1946, and the pair lived in The Old Ship Inn with Doreen’s parents. Roy took a new job driving for Lincolnshire County Council, and continued until his retirement in 1979.

The couple moved into their own home in High Street in 1964, and Roy has never had a reason to leave.

Roy has been a key figure in Pointon life. In the 1930s he was a founder member of the Pointon Village Hall committee and helped get the hall built. He was involved in the committee until the 1990s.

He was also a founder member of the playing field committee and helped cut the grass for 11 years. And Roy was also involved in Pointon Feast.

Roy is as sharp as ever and still enjoys a walk around his garden, which is kept tidy by his friend David Windsor.

At his birthday meal £170 was raised for The Old Hall care home in Billingborough, where Roy spent some time.