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Stanmore historian Alfred Porter celebrates 100th birthday
A man with a passion for local history celebrated his 100th birthday in the company of his friends and family.
Alfred Porter, of Paxfold House, Stanmore, had a birthday party after turning 100 on Monday July 15.
Mr Porter has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Stanmore and Edgware and has had four books published.
His daughter Janet Holden said: “I think it’s just fantastic and I think the whole family are very proud of him.
“He has always been so passionate about the local area and its history and was always collecting photos.”
His grandson David Holden, who travelled all the way from Australia for the birthday, said: “He has been a big influence on my life. I got a lot of my practical skills from him. It’s great to celebrate this with him.”
Mr Porter said: “When I was a boy growing up, Edgware was a village. It was quite normal to see a herd of cows coming up Edgware High Street. You see there were two farms, one in Station Road and one in High Street.
“Change came rapidly to Edgware, being eight and a quarter miles to London it was ideally placed as a stage coach stop to change horses and have a rest in the public houses.”
When asked his secret for making it to his centenary he said: “My advice is to just keep moving. Also, I eat moderately, have a light meal in the evening, and go to bed early.”
As a boy he did gymnastics for Whitchurch Club going on to be a member of the English Gymnastics team, participating in the Festival of Britain.
He married his childhood sweetheart Jessie in 1937, and the couple had two children Janet and Brian shortly after.
During the Second World War, Mr Porter worked as an aircraft engineer for De Havilland and Rolls Royce, where helped produced engines for the war effort.
He continued to work at the factory until his retirement and has lived in the area all his life.
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