Well-known butcher celebrates turning 102 with pork pie-shaped cake at party in Wellingborough

George Saxby with his pork pie-shaped birthday cake
George Saxby with his pork pie-shaped birthday cake

A former butcher has celebrated turning 102 with a party attended by three generations of his family.

George Saxby, who lives in Lancum House care home in Wellingborough, was thrilled when his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended his party which saw local singer, Jenny Simmonds, providing the entertainment.

George is well-known in the area for running the GA Saxby and Son’s butchers shop on Rushden High Street from 1946 to 1982, a shop particularly famous for its pork pies.

His father, also named George, started the business in 1919.

George, who lived in Irchester before moving to Lancum House in November 2016, said: “You are only as old as you feel and I feel about 80.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in my celebrations, I had a fantastic day and especially loved my pork pie-shaped birthday cake.”

Yvonne Murphy, home manager at Lancum House, said: “You could sit for hours listening to George’s life story and how content he was – and still is.

“He enjoys relaxing in his room listening to the radio while looking out into the gardens.

“George loves visits from his family - especially those who bring him chocolate.”

Shaw healthcare provides various services from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.