A MAN who has just celebrated his 100th birthday has told of his earliest memories of Huddersfield.
Harry Roper, who was born in Huddersfield, said one of his first memories was delivering silverware to the town hall with his father, using a horse and cart.
He served in the Royal Navy from 1925 until 1937, and was called up to serve in the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.
During his service he worked as a stoker on the HMS Bryony.
In 1995, Mr Roper was awarded the 50th anniversary Commemorate Medal from the Government of the Russian Federation, but did not receive it until recently. It was awarded to everyone who served in the Russian convoys during the Second World War.
Mr Roper, who now lives in Western Park in Leicester, left the Navy in 1945 and returned to Kirkheaton.
He worked at laundry and dry cleaning firm Holroyds, then took up a post in the laundry department at the Huddersfield Co-op.
He ended his career at Hopkinsons engineering firm and retired in 1968.
Mr Roper moved to Western Park when his wife Gladys died four years ago.
He now lives with his great-niece Deaconess Jan Gough, her husband the Rev Tony Gough and their daughter Katie.
The couple had no children, but Mr Roper has a niece in Huddersfield.
He met up with his Huddersfield friends and family at a party at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top. He also had a party in Leicester.
Mr Roper is still in good health and walks to Leicester market to get his favourite treat - beef dripping.
His hobbies include making small wooden wheelbarrows, which he sells for charity. He also loves gardening.