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100th birthday celebrations for East Ham resident

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 January 2016

John Mizen celebrating his 100th birthday at the Manor Farm Care Home in East Ham

John Mizen celebrating his 100th birthday at the Manor Farm Care Home in East Ham

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Friends and good neighbours helped John Mizen celebrate his 100th birthday at special spread laid on by the staff at the Manor Farm Care Home on December 30.

John said of his landmark celebrations: “I had a very, very nice time. I had a wonderful time. It was the best one ever, the best one of my life.”

Born in Walthamstow,John moved to Manbey Street, Newham in 1939 after marrying his late wife Francis, and worked as a milkman for 36 years.

Good friend and neighbour, Mandalina Stepniewska, told the Newham Recorder that John served as a sniper for the Gordon Highlanders in the Second World War.

Mandalina, who has known John for over 30 years, said that the loss of three brothers and good friends in the conflict had made him determined to enjoy life.

She said: “John is a very special man. He is not negative in any way. He is a 100 per cent positive in his outlook on life. This is what keeps him young.”

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