Former Dagenham Ford worker celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:12 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:12 29 September 2015

Albert Relf turns 100 at Ted Hennem House in Dagenham

Albert Relf turns 100 at Ted Hennem House in Dagenham


A former Ford worker has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Albert Relf celebrated the milestone with friends and family at Ted Hennem House, in Jacobs Close, Dagenham, on Thursday.

The centenarian, who spent more than 20 years on the production line at the world-famous Dagenham factory, was delighted with his card from Buckingham Palace.

“I had a really nice day, but I was quite surprised the Queen remembered me,” he said.

Albert, who lived in Oxlow Lane for most of his life, spent five years serving in Italy, Palestine and Germany during the Second World War and at one time was in charge of a German POW camp.

Just days after peace was declared he returned home to marry his sweetheart.

Although she sadly died about 30 years ago, he became a close companion of widow and neighbour Ada Knight.

The pair would holiday in Spain together twice a year – a fortnight each in June and September – and Ada’s granddaughter Sarah Bourne, 44, from Hornchurch, was among those celebrating last week.

“It was a really nice occasion,” she said. “He seemed to be having a great time.

“He’s been a part of the family for about 30 years now.”

Also joining in the fun was Albert’s 70-year-old daughter Patricia Gerber, who flew in specially from Switzerland.

“He’s a really charming man,” added Ada’s daughter, Valerie Clarke, 69.

“He used to check on my mum everyday and help her out with shopping, especially after she broke her hip.”

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