Birthday milestone

Raymond Moss celebrates his 100th birthday, with his wife Lillian who is 101, at Priceholme, on Givendale Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120909a
Raymond Moss celebrates his 100th birthday, with his wife Lillian who is 101, at Priceholme, on Givendale Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120909a
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A SCARBOROUGH man celebrated his 100th birthday with his 101-year-old wife by his side.

Ray and Lillian Moss enjoyed the special day surrounded by family and friends at Priceholme care home in Givendale Road.

The pair lived independently in West Ayton up until just five weeks ago.

Ray’s son Geoff told the Evening News: “I think it’s magnificent, I hope I’ve got the same good genes!

“He’s always been a fit fella.

“He was always a grafter and loved fell walking and being outdoors.”

Originally from Salford, Manchester, Ray was a horticulturist before he retired in his mid seventies.

In 1932 he bought a plot of land in Blackpool with a loan from his dad. From this small beginning he built a very successful and renowned market garden.

Ray was always innovative and designed a machine for grading different sized tomatoes into boxes ready for market. His machine was featured on BBC TV in the 1950s.

During World War Two, Ray cycled by tandem regularly to the Lake District for family holidays spent in a caravan built by him.

Always a keen fell walker, Ray has climbed most of the mountains and fells in that part of the world and North Wales, climbing his last peak at the age of 89.

Ray believes that being active has helped him live such a long life. He said: “I’ve always worked hard and lived a healthy life.

“I worked outdoors a lot too.”

And on reaching his 100-year milestone he added: “I’m really enjoying seeing everyone here today.”

Wendy McKechnie, activities co-ordinator at Priceholme, said: “It’s unusual for us to have couples at this age, so it’s lovely to have a celebration like this.”