Norman celebrates his 102nd birthday!

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council visits Coleraine veteran to mark milestone

Norman celebrates his 102nd birthday!

The mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, and his wife Phyllis, congratulate Norman Irwin on his 102nd birthday.

By Damian Mullan

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By Damian Mullan

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THE Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has visited a Coleraine veteran on his 102nd birthday.

Alderman Mark Fielding met with Norman Irwin at Killowen House on Tuesday (November 17) to mark the momentous occasion.

It has been a special month for Mr Irwin who, earlier in November, was among those who received a bespoke silver Poppy of Remembrance from the council in tribute to his service during World War II.

The Mayor, Alderman Mark Fielding said: "It was an honour to visit Norman on such a unique day and have this opportunity to help him celebrate his 102nd birthday. I wish him continued good health and happiness - he is a great example to us all."

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

He joined the Coleraine Battery and, after being posted to Aberdeen for a year, he went on to serve in the Middle East as part of the Royal Engineers.

After the war, he returned home where he enjoyed a long career as an Engineering Manager.

In 1989, as a member of The Old Comrades Association of the 6th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery Royal Artillery (Supplementary Reserve), Norman received the Freedom of the Borough from Coleraine Borough Council.

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