Ken Shaw enjoyed an afternoon tea and cake at the Home with fellow residents. In spite of the pandemic, staff were determined to ensure that he had a memorable birthday, so they safely arranged a small gathering.

Ken was born in Blackpool on 1st March 1921 shortly after the First World War.

His parents were from Ashton-under-Lyne and they moved to live in Blackpool where Ken’s father Robert worked as a tailor.

Ken attended the local primary school and then at Claremont High School in the north of Blackpool near Bispham where he met Joan Collinson; they eventually married in 1942. Ken and Joan had three daughters – Christine, Susan, and Barbara. They also have nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

In the Second World War, Ken joined the RAF as an apprentice engineer working on several aircrafts including the fighters. He was stationed abroad in Egypt and served in Malta, making a lucky escape just days before Germany began their attack on the Island. Ken continued his RAF service at Bicester, Oxford, and completed his military service at Handforth, Cheshire.

After the war, the family moved to Compstall, near Stockport where Ken worked at Fairey Aviation, employing his engineering skills.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with his family, and his past hobbies includes riding a motorbike, working on his car, and gardening.

Sharing his secret to a long life, Ken says: “Be happy and surround yourself with people who love you.”

Peter Lockett, Activities Coordinator at Ecclesholme, said: “Celebrating Ken’s 100th birthday has been an absolute honour and pleasure for all the staff and residents able to attend his afternoon tea party. The celebration certainly lifted all our spirits.”

RMBI Home Ecclesholme, in Manchester, is run by RMBI Care Co., part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Home is currently able to safely welcome new residents. For more information, please visit: