Thousands of altogether cards and able-bodied wishes accept abounding in to mark the 100th altogether of a Teesside D-Day hero.
Tommy Trotter angry a aeon old on Wednesday with a amazing 2,542 cards and a flood of presents.
The almsman was a circadian punter at Thornaby’s Don Memorial Bar until lockdown put paid to his accepted pint and a babble to locals.
Not absent to let Tommy’s altogether go unmarked, feudatory Julie Cooper set out on a mission to get as abounding cards to him as accessible to mark his battleground birthday.
Her address accepted abundantly acknowledged with letters calamity in from all corners of the globe, including a acknowledgment from one of the acclaimed Beefeater agriculturalist warders at the Tower of London.
She laid them all out on the attic of the bar and managed to advice Tommy watch abounding more, including from his sister, online via amusing media area he thanked bodies for their altogether wishes.
“I ambition you all the best,” he said.
“It is actual nice of you all, nice to allege to you all.”
Tommy, who had 12 siblings, grew up in Stockton, and served in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and the Pioneer Corps. He acclimated to accomplish the aerodrome runways for planes to acreage and was on Omaha bank on June 6, 1944 – D-Day.
His niece Aida Dalton, 74, now cares for him on a circadian basis.
Pictures from his altogether anniversary appearance the amazing bulk of cards that accept been beatific in to ambition him all the best.
The Don bar opened in 2011 as a abode of afterthought for the nation’s heroes and is able-bodied accepted about the country for its different tributes to the British armed forces.
Landlady Julie has accumulated a huge accumulating of aggressive memorabilia which she has agilely confused to the bar’s new bounds at the Old Patrick’s Club in Thornaby.
She capital to accomplish Tommy’s altogether special. Posting on amusing media, Julie wrote: “2542 cards to date for my my best buddy’s 100th birthday.
“I appetite to acknowledge anybody who beatific cards and presents to Tommy.
“I cannot acknowledge bodies abundant for sending this absurd bulk of cards from about the world…. as anon as I put up my aboriginal column allurement for cards the acknowledgment was phenomenal.”
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