Champers at The Grand for Jimmy the centenarian

Mr Jimmy Greensted celebrating his 100th birthday at The Grand Hotel March 15th 2013 E12023P'Jimmy with his birthday card from the Queen

Mr Jimmy Greensted celebrating his 100th birthday at The Grand Hotel March 15th 2013 E12023P'Jimmy with his birthday card from the Queen

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An Eastbourne resident was joined by the town’s mayor as he celebrated his 100th birthday.

Henry Greensted, known as Jimmy to friends and family, has retired to the Hawthorns in Eastbourne.

He celebrated his milestone birthday at The Grand Hotel with his two sons John Greensted and Professor Chris Greensted.

Jimmy married Eve in 1939 and celebrated his Diamond anniversary with her in 1999. The couple had two sons. Eve has now passed away.

Jimmy and his sons toasted his 100 years with a glass of Champagne and were accompanied by the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastbourne Cllr Mike and Linda Thompson.

Mr Greensted was born in a village just outside Canterbury 1913 and named after his father Henry. However, his uncle, who saw him as a baby, said, “I can’t call him Henry! He doesn’t look like a Henry.

“From now on, I’ll call him Jimmy.”

The name stuck, but only with those who were close to him. At work, he was still known as Henry.

Jimmy worked for Westminster Bank all of his life.

He started working in the clerical part of Westminster Bank.

Son John said, “He always loved his work. It was his passion.”

Over the years he worked his way up, until he found himself alongside architects in the premises department.

He was responsible for the North of England and was heavily involved in the merger in 1970 that created the National Westminster Bank, now known as Natwest.

In 1939, at 26, he was called up for the military service. However, he was diagnosed with TB and could not serve. Instead, he went to Leeds and worked in the Paycor, a payroll and human resources organisation.