A very special Birthday

News posted

1st February 2012

We are very proud to have the UK’s sixth oldest person living at The Moat House.

George Assinder moved here in 2009, immediately becoming Retirement Villages’ oldest resident.

And he’s notched up another year, having celebrated his 107th birthday with a party for family, friends and neighbours at the Moat House.

George was married to a Norwegian, Astrid and they had one son Ivor. There were an impressive 27 family members at this birthday party.

He’s an Essex man, he lived for much of his life in Little Hallingby near Bishops Stortford.  He was a trained opera singer though he worked in banking, having won a scholarship with Barclays Bank.

His favourite memory dates back to just after World War One when he travelled to Germany to help restore the currency. He was one of the people to dish out 10 marks to every member of the German population.
Incredibly, he was running until he was 99, finally hanging up his trainers on his 100th birthday!

He loves Siamese cats, was a beekeeper, a great historian and loved a pint of beer with his mates – a fact we marked by decorating his chocolate birthday cake with cans of light beer!