A man who farmed all his working life after leaving school at 14 celebrated his 100th birthday on Wednesday.
Jack Hartley, who lives at St Edmund’s Care Home, in Worcester Road, Grantham, was born in Sheffield and worked on farms in the region all his career. He retired as a farm manager near Retford and then lived with his wife, Elsie, in Cleveleys near Blackpool.
Jack won many awards in ploughing competitions. In 1933 he won the Penistone Cup and more than 75 years later he returned, aged 99, to the town to present the trophy which has been renamed the Jack Hartley Trophy.
Jack lived in Lancashire for 35 years before moving five years ago to St Edmund’s where his son, Robert, is also a resident. His daughter Mollie died in 1975.
He also has three grandsons, Nick and Matt, who live in Grantham, and Andy, who is Chief Executive Officer of Asda, and lives in Yorkshire, and seven great grandchildren.
Jack says he has no regrets in life and has fond memories of his farming years. As a schoolboy he would help out with ploughing in the fields.
He said: “I remember once being sent home from school for having cow muck on my shoes!”
Jack will celebrate with family members from Yorkshire and other parts of the country on Sunday.
He said: “I do not think there is much I would have done differently in my life.
“It has been wonderful at St Edmund’s. I do really appreciate it. It’s a lovely home.”