Mayor drops in to Nick’s birthday celebrations

George 'Nick' Nicholson with Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown during his 105th birthday party at Riverside House.''.
George 'Nick' Nicholson with Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown during his 105th birthday party at Riverside House.''.
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A PONTELAND man enjoyed a weekend of celebrations as he reached the grand old age of 105.

George Nicholson, known as Nick, had a weekend of fun at his current residence, Riverside House care home in Morpeth, to celebrate the landmark birthday.

On the Saturday, entertainment was provided by a singer who performed numbers from stars such as Shirley Bassey and Frank Sinatra.

And for the big day on the Sunday, as well as the cake and other refreshments, Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown came along.

“I enjoyed the celebrations and it was nice to meet the Mayor of Morpeth,” said Mr Nicholson.

After being brought up in Jesmond, he moved to Ponteland in 1933.

He trained in London to build up his skills for the wholesale grocery trade and he then joined Newcastle-based Davison & Pickering to join other family members working for the company, including his father.

Mr Nicholson became a director at the firm, which manufactured imported food and drink and supplied the region. His speciality was blending coffee and tea.

He regularly played tennis and bowls locally, was a keen gardener and was an active member of the Ponteland Repertory Society in his younger days.

He still enjoys listening to the radio and reading newspapers.

As well as liking classical music, Mr Nicholson played the piano and organ and would sometimes help out with playing at churches in villages close to Ponteland.

He married his wife Gwenneth in 1971.