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Centenarian Norman celebrates in style

Julie Magee

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Julie Magee

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KILLOWEN House in Coleraine provided the setting for 100th birthday celebrations for popular resident Norman Irwin.

Centenarian Norman, a father-of-four, grandfather of five and great-grandfather of six, was honoured by special guests including Cllr William McCandless who attended on behalf of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell.

Prior to the break-out of World War Two, Norman served an engineering apprenticeship in Moore's Foundry in Coleraine.

He joined the Coleraine Battery and after being posted to Aberdeen he served in the Middle East as part of the Royal Engineers.

After the war, he returned to Coleraine where he began his new working life at Benger's factory site (now Kerry Foods).

It eventually changed hands to Pickering's Foods, a subsidiary of Heinz, where Norman undertook the role of Engineering Manager until his retirement.

Norman was highly regarded among his colleagues for his knowledge and expertise.

Earlier this year, Norman, who also celebrated the memorable milestone with family and friends at the Bushtown Hotel, donated a clock to Garvagh Museum which was a first type of time recording equipment for factory workers dating back to the 1940s.

*To find out more about Norman, see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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