Year of Bob’s birth was an eventful one

Bob Hargreaves celebrates his 100th birthday.  He is pictured with senior care nurse Julie Lowe.
Bob Hargreaves celebrates his 100th birthday. He is pictured with senior care nurse Julie Lowe.
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A former Blackpool grocer who travelled the world entertaining troops with his
music during the Second World War has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Great-grandfather Bob
Hargreaves, who now resides in Annacliffe Residential Home on Newton Drive, became a regular face in Blackpool when he ran the Spar shop on Daggers Hall Lane for 30 years from 1958 to 1988.

Mr Hargreaves moved to the town from Clitheroe after the Second World War. He had previously run a pub in Tockholes, near Blackburn and worked as a window cleaner.

And the centenarian was also a musician who utilised his talent during the war to entertain troops across the world.

Instead of fighting on the frontline, Mr Hargreaves travelled the globe with his military band and performed in the United States for 18 months and later went out to the Caribbean to entertain the troops there. Mr Hargreaves’ son, Robert, 63, hosted a party for his father at his home in Marton on Saturday.

He said: “Dad absolutely loved his birthday. He had a smile on his face the whole day.

“We got a postcard from the Queen and he really enjoyed it. We had a calendar made for him of all the places we’ve been with him because he’s had cruises all over the world and has really good memories from his travels.”

Before the global recession struck, Mr Hargreaves, who has three great-grandchildren, regularly travelled to Florida for holidays in his villa, but was forced to sell it during the economic crisis.