Hove veteran celebrates 100th birthday with a surprise visit

Cydney Franklin, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, holding his official certificate from Her Majesty the Queen
Cydney Franklin, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, holding his official certificate from Her Majesty the Queen

A Hove veteran celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends last month and received a visit from an unexpected guest.

Sydney Franklin, who lives at Barford Court, Hove, was born in Hackney, London on November 3 1919- almost a year after the signing of The Armistice Agreement which marked the end of First World War conflict.

He has lived at Barford Court for six years, and said that his secret to having a long life is ‘being active and having a good, loving family.’

He said: “Football has been a great passion for me. I’ve been an Arsenal fan all my life!”

Gemma Wheelhouse, activities coordinator at Barford Court, said: “We loved celebrating Syd’s 100th birthday at our home and it was wonderful that so many of his friends and family could be here with him.

“He had a lovely surprise when his son Ron, who lives in America, arrived at the party. Syd is a true gentleman and is an absolute pleasure to have at Barford Court.”

Sydney spent six years in the army and was posted to Brussels to work in the map making department while he was in The Royal Engineers.

He was presented with a birthday cake made by the home’s chef at his party, whilst everyone sang Happy Birthday.

He was delighted to receive an official birthday card from Her Majesty the Queen.

The Freemasons of the Brethren of Bow Lodge also presented Sydney with a congratulatory certificate.