Burma Star veteran George Bastone from Beer and Beryl Lobb from St Austell have been celebrating their 100th birthdays, despite the coronavirus lockdown.
George Bastone is the village of Beer’s oldest resident and served in the Devonshire Regiment in Burma during the Second World War. Villagers had planned a big day to honour him but were unable to because of the restrictions.
They still managed to do him proud, while respecting social distancing.
Watch 100-year-old George Bastone get the biggest cheer of his long life as he takes a taxi tour of his village
Video courtesy Beverley Giles
The Devon village has also had to postpone the opening of its tribute to residents who served in the First World War. The Beer Memorial Avenue was due to be officially unveiled today but that has had to be put off because of the pandemic.
23 April 2020 is also the 100th birthday of a Cornish woman, Beryl Lobb, who lives at Caprera Residential Care Home in St Austell.
The care team at the home had hoped to mark Beryl's milestone with a tea party but, due to the lockdown, those plans were cancelled. Instead the staff put a call out for birthday cards on social media and were inundated with 103 cards, including a telegram from the Queen.
The 100-year-old says she feels exactly the same.
Beryl is a widow but keeps in touch with members of her husband's family. When one of the carers, Sarah Jewell, found out that they wouldn't be able to visit, she reached out to the local community in St Austell.