Cel­e­brates his 100th birth­day

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ARE­TIRED po­lice­man has solved one of the great mys­ter­ies – the se­cret to a long life.

Joe White, who was sergeant at Poyn­ton po­lice sta­tion for more than a decade, cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day last Thurs­day.

The cen­te­nar­ian claims his longevity is down to home­grown veg­eta­bles and regular walks.

Joe cel­e­brated his land­mark birth­day with mem­bers of his large fam­ily which in­cludes three chil­dren, six grand chil­dren and 11 great-grand­chil­dren.

Joe ar­rived in Poyn­ton in 1952 and took a hands on ap­proach to keep­ing peace in the vil­lage along- side his six con­sta­bles.

He said: “would spend a lot of my day walk­ing around the vil­lage or rid­ing my bike, which was typ­i­cal of the times.

“Our role was var­ied spent a lot of time get­ting to know ev­ery­one and try­ing to help them wher­ever

could. This of­ten meant do­ing things other than po­lice work. re­mem­ber hav­ing to help fix a tele­phone and giv­ing a young lad a lec­ture of keep­ing on the straight and now at the re­quest of his con­cerned dad. We would han­dle things with diplo­macy to defuse sit­u­a­tions. If caught chil­dren steal­ing sweets would march them back and get them to apol­o­gise and pay for what they took.

“Polic­ing is a much tougher job nowa­days. Back in the day there was no late drink­ing, drugs or


A regular sight around the vil­lage was Joe and his loyal dog Peter, a spaniel puppy he had found on Lon­don Road.

They be­came con­stant com­pan­ions pound­ing the beat.

Joe re­tired from the po­lice in 1963 and then be­came manager of se­cu­rity at phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm Ciba Geigy un­til he re­tired in 1978. Joe and his wife Hilda spent their re­tire­ment look­ing af­ter their al­lot­ment, trav­el­ling to Europe and en­joy­ing their grow­ing fam­ily. Hilda died in 2002 af­ter 64 happy years of mar­riage.

Joe, of Way­side Drive, said: “owe my long and happy life to hav­ing a won­der­ful job, a good fam­ily life and a lovely wife. But the key to a long life would say if hav­ing a good diet full of homeg-

IIrown veg­eta­bles and regular walks to keep you fit.”

Born in Ex­eter, Joe grew up in Dorset and spent his child­hood scout­ing and singing in the church choir. Af­ter school he be­came a trainee gar­dener, de­vel­op­ing a love of grow­ing veg­eta­bles which never left him.

At 18 Joe joined the Cold­stream Guards based at Chelsea Bar­racks in Lon­don and served at Buck­ing­ham Palace, tak­ing part in the fa­mous Troop­ing the Colour.

Joe joined Cheshire Po­lice and moved north but had to put his ca­reer on hold to serve his coun­try. In 1939 he re­joined the Cold­stream Guards and was pro­moted to Sergeant. He was in­volved in the sec­ond wave of D-Day Land­ings and took part in the lib­er­a­tion of Brussels.

●● Joe White, from Poyn­ton, cel­e­brates his 100th birth­day and (inset) Joe as a po­lice­man

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