Remarkable Sib marks 105th birthday

Sib Gray, from Bourne, celebrating his 105th birthday.'Photo: MSMP260314-004ow
Sib Gray, from Bourne, celebrating his 105th birthday.'Photo: MSMP260314-004ow
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Until two years ago, at the remarkable age of 103, Sib Gray was still looking after himself, with help, at home.

Now a resident at the Qu’Appelle Care Home in Bourne, he celebrated his 105th birthday on Wednesday last week with a party for family and friends.

“I’ve never been a drinker but I did have a glass of wine with the cake. It was a nice day,” Sib, who’s real name is Cyril, said. The former farmer - and at one time a butcher - has lived in Morton for almost all his life. He was born and went to school there and his father, James farmed at Morton. Sib lived at one address in Haconby Lane for 61 years. His son Alan now lives in the farmhouse that has been in the family for 100 years. Born in 1909, Sib was a small boy during the First World War but has one distinct memory of it.

“I remember the Zeppelins coming over and standing outside to watch one in particular on a moonlit night,” he said.

He also remembers the A15 being a cobbled road. Sib left school at 13 to work for his father. During the Second World War he worked on a Sleaford farm for eight years as part of what was called ‘War Ag’ - a county by county effort to increase agricultural production.

In 1936 Sib married Ethel who sadly died several years ago. As well as son Alan, he has two daughters, Janet and Marlene, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one two-year-old great-great-granddaughter. Most of his family were at the party.

Sib was apologetic at not being able to remember much of his past. He said he had no special secret for living so long but thought working out in the fresh air, eating well and not smoking or drinking might be something to do with it.