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Northfleet man celebrates 100th birthday with visit from Mayor of Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 09:40 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:40 15 March 2013

Alfred Hickmott (seated) celebrates his 100th birthday with family and friends

Alfred Hickmott (seated) celebrates his 100th birthday with family and friends

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A Northfleet man celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday having spent most of his life in the town.

Alfred Hickmott was born on March 11, 1913, in All Saints Road.

His century celebration included a visit from the Mayor of Gravesham Lyn Milner and a large slice of cake.

Alfred, who now lives in Perry Street, said: “My tips on longevity are to keep active and keep the mind working.

“I still ride my exercise bike and care for myself, doing all the chores. The only thing I have help with is the shopping.”

He met his wife Nancy at a dance in Gravesend aged 18, and they were married in 1942 and had a happy marriage until Nancy died in 1999.

Apart from serving with the RAF during the Second World War he worked in the Imperial Paper Mills in Gravesend from the age of 16 until it closed in 1978, just shy of his 65th birthday

His son Alan, 67, said of his dad: “No smoking, alcohol, tablets or glasses - what a remarkable man. He’s still full of life and had a great day.”

As well as Alan he has a daughter called Jean, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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