Harpenden aircraft engineer celebrates 102nd birthday
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:00 05 April 2019
A former aircraft engineer is celebrating his 102nd birthday at a care home in Harpenden.
Edwin Nash, known as ‘Ned’, was born on April 15, 1917, and will celebrate his birthday alongside family, friends and staff at Bupa Field House in Townsend Road.
His favourite Irish dancers will perform at the home, and guests will dance to his favourite music and enjoy tea and cake.
Ned was born in Fishpool Street in St Albans, and was raised in Harpenden, and as a young man worked for local aircraft manufacturing company Handley Page.
He told the Herts Ad: “I started working for Handley Page as an apprentice at age 19, where I ended up becoming an engineering manager.
“We built 100s of aircrafts for the RAF and worked there ahead of the Second World War.
“The last aircraft that I worked on was the “Victor Bomber”. It could fly at the speed of sound and required five crew members.”
One of Ned’s favourite memories is getting married to his wife Doreen. Recalling the day, he said: “We got married in a church, but the reception was very small and discreet because it was war time.
“We took a trip to North Wales for our honeymoon, which was wonderful.”
Ned now enjoys painting, watching aircraft documentaries and spending time with his three children and four grandchildren.
When asked the secret to a long and happy life, he said: “Lots of luck, a very good wife and having a good balance between work and personal life - work hard and play hard.”
Bupa Field House manager April Parrot-Carter said: “It’s always great fun celebrating residents’ birthdays, especially when it’s such a huge milestone.
“We’ve become so close to Ned over the years - he has so many amazing stories from his life and growing up in Harpenden.”