A WAR veteran who has lived in Kidderminster all of his life has just celebrated his 100th birthday.

Harold Salter grew up in the town - he was born in Mill Lane and later moved to Bromsgrove Street and then to a new estate in Jubilee Drive.

He was the eldest of four brothers and one sister, including Ron, 96, and Dorothy, 88, who both still live locally.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Harold Salter celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday, March 30. Photo by Miriam CunliffeHarold Salter celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday, March 30. Photo by Miriam Cunliffe

During his early working life, Harold had a job at Carpet Trades from the age of 14 as a creeler, eventually becoming a weaver.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Harold was already in the Territorial Army as a gunner and he was embodied into the British Army, where he served in Germany, guarding the prisoners of war.

It was during his leave that he married Ruth on July 8, 1941. They were married for 61 happy years.

On leaving the army in 1946, Harold returned to Carpet Trades, which became Gilt Edge.

Harold and Ruth went on to have five children - Keith, Ray who sadly passed away in 2015, Patricia, Susan and Janet.

He has three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

During his younger years, Harold enjoyed playing bowls with his father at the Park Inn Public House.

Although Harold has poor health, he hasn’t lost his sense of humour, laughing and joking with carers.

He has even become a singing sensation on social media through his granddaughter Leanne posting videos of him singing on Facebook, making people smile during lockdown.

Harold celebrated his milestone birthday on Tuesday, March 30.

He would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has sent him gifts and cards.