Milestone for war hero Jim

D-Day veteran Jim Baker, who celebrated his 90th birthday at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. Below: Jim with his family.
D-Day veteran Jim Baker, who celebrated his 90th birthday at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. Below: Jim with his family.
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A WAR hero has celebrated his 90th birthday with the men he fought alongside in some of his fiercest battles.

Former Royal Marine Jim Baker was joined by soldiers and sailors who helped win the war in the Pacific during his big bash at the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

D-Day veteran Jim Baker, celebrating his 90th birthday with his family.

D-Day veteran Jim Baker, celebrating his 90th birthday with his family.

Serving Royal Marines and the Irish Guards attended the big event in the hotel’s ballroom to celebrate with the veteran, who still supports the armed forces and does a lot of volunteering work for charities.

He told The Gazette: “I have got to say I will never forget it and my home is now full of birthday cards. It was absolutely first class and it turned out to be most memorable.

“Everyone who came to see me had a great time and the Irish Guards sat me on a chair in the middle of the ballroom and sang me all their favourite songs.”

The president of the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee and honorary president of the Royal Marines Association was joined by 50 members of the Royal Marines and Mr Baker’s family and friends, who were all given a commemorative card which included a history of the ex-soldiers life during the Second World War.

He added: “The room was full and my grandson got on the stage and talked about how I was a hero. He said when he grows up he wants to be like me so he knows what being a hero is like.

“That really hit me and I thought it was marvellous to hear something like that.

“You don’t get those sort of compliments all the time.”