Stafford welder celebrates 100th birthday
Pictured above Eric with Stafford Town Crier Peter Taunton and Peter’s wife Maureen
Eric Bromley, a true Staffordian, reached his centenary on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
He enjoyed the cake, a card from the Queen and a visit from Stafford Town Crier Peter Taunton, who also helped him celebrate his socially distant 99th birthday on the streets during the first Covid-19 lockdown.
Eric was born in Stafford, Staffordshire to loving parents and raised with his younger sister Doris to ‘speak the truth’.
Eric has always been a powerful walker and as a young boy he walked from his home to Duke Street, from Broad Eye to Milford and back again.
He was in a church choir as a boy and has been interested in gardening since his teenage years, growing all you can eat and having a housing estate on Pitt Street later in his life.
Speaking of his career, Eric said: “I attended St Mary’s Church School in Stafford and left when I was 14 in 1935 to attend the welding school of the English Electric Company and got down to business. water like a duck.
“I wanted to be a pilot, but the lack of training in high school prevented that – so I studied hard and passed the RAF exams, qualifying myself as a wireless operator like my father was in WWI.
“However, my welding work was considered more important to the war effort.
During World War II he worked across the UK and had a reputation for creative problem solving.
At the end of the war, after six months of training at the Police College, he joined the Palestinian police and remained in Israel for two and a half years. He returned to English Electric in 1951, continued to weld and travel across the country because he was the only person who could undertake vertical / overhead welding of aluminum in new nuclear power plants.
Eric said, “I loved the problem solving aspect and the challenge of the job. I was also offered the opportunity to pursue a full-time gardening career, but realized that if I did, I would lose my hobby!
Eric met and married Lilian who lived nearby and they had a daughter named Sue.
He always had a positive attitude towards life thanks to his father who said: “Remember son, you can do whatever you want; if someone else did, you can too!
This philosophy guided her life as she trained her father to “be honest and do what he was told”.
Until February of this year, he made garden furniture such as birdhouses, tables, benches and planters and even donated items for auction to help raise funds for charity. .