100 year old birthday

Worcester News: John Anyon        20/1/14

Worcester resident Lorimer ''Meredith'' Dobson who will cellebrate his one hundredth birthday on Feb 8th (3528213) John Anyon 20/1/14 Worcester resident Lorimer ''Meredith'' Dobson who will cellebrate his one hundredth birthday on Feb 8th (3528213)

A WORCESTER man has reached an impressive milestone by turning 100 years old.

Lorimer Meredith Dobson, who is known to most people as Meredith, still lives independently in his home on Mortlake Avenue, Worcester, and is still quite the man about town.

Eileen Dobson, his daughter in-law, said: "He is still very active and still goes down the shops and says hello to everyone, a lot of people know him.

"We are all extremely proud of him for reaching this milestone, it's incredible. He still remains a loving family man and it's amazing how fit and strong he remains."

Meredith was born on February 8 in Radley, Oxfordshire.

At the age of five, he arrived in Great Comberton, near Pershore, before moving once again to Rushwick in 1931 with his parents.

The former King's School student spent his entire life working at Metal Box factories in Perrywood, Worcester, where through his work, he visited Wales, London and South Africa and trained as an engineer.

While working in Neath, Wales, he met a woman called Vera at a weekly dance in the Church hall in 1939- they married 14 months later.

During his time living in Wales, Meredith and Vera had two sons called John and Richard.

In 1953 the family re-located to South Africa where Meredith was working a super intendant at the Metal Box factories there.

It was in Cape Town where Vera and Meredith had their third son, Gordon.

In 1958, via Neath, the family arrived in Worcester where they have lived ever since. Vera sadly passed away in 2005, but, Meredith now enjoys his five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, which is soon to be six great-grandchildren.

Meredith's interest in sport may have something to do with his being very active, as he was always a keen football and cricketer.

His love of football transpires into a love for Worcester City Football Club, and until he turned 95, the loyal supporter went to all their home games and even some away fixtures. In order to keep track of his beloved club's progress now, he buys a copy of your Worcester News every publication day.

Meredith celebrated his birthday with a lunch with all the family before a drinks party with friends, old work friends and neighbours joining them.

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