A man from Radcliffe celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday 11th May by throwing a party for fellow tenants at the Red Bank extra care scheme.

James McDermont was born and went to school in Hartlepool, before serving in the army throughout World War 2.

He met his wife Betty whilst in the army in Scotland, and they both moved to Bolton after the war where James then worked for aerospace firm Hawker Siddeley as a bookkeeper.

During their marriage, James and Betty had one daughter, Eileen. He has 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
James, who has been and still is an avid reader of history books, moved to Radcliffe 20 years ago. He was one of the first tenants to move in to Red Bank in 2012.

James said:

"To celebrate reaching 100 years, I had a family meal at Cuppaccino Bistro, here in Red Bank, on Sunday and threw a party here on Monday. It was a way of showing how I feel about the other tenants and staff. I'm happy to live amongst ordinary people like myself and the staff know me so well, they care about me and the feeling is mutual."

James does not believe there is a particular secret to long life. He said:

"I have simply been ordinary in my way of life and have tried to eat healthily."

The Red Bank site consists of 40 apartments, a hairdressers and bistro. It was developed in 2012 by Six Town Housing and Bury Council, who have just announced that a similar Extra Care Scheme will be developed at the William Kemp Heaton site in Bury next year.

Councillor Rishi Shori, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“My congratulations and many happy returns to Mr McDermont on his 100th birthday. I’m delighted that he is happy at Red Bank extra care scheme, which is something we were very proud in helping to create and we have plans to develop another at William Kemp Heaton. Providing top quality facilities for our senior citizens is a priority for the council, and Red Bank is a superb example of how people can be helped to grow older in dignity, surrounded by friends and supported by professionals.”

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