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Yelland’s Jock celebrates his century

PUBLISHED: 17:26 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 12 February 2018

Yelland centenarian John 'Jock' Morrison surrounded by his family at his 100th birthday party.

Yelland centenarian John 'Jock' Morrison surrounded by his family at his 100th birthday party.


A well-known North Devon man celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday (Sunday) surrounded by family and friends.

John Joiner Morrison – known as ‘Jock’ – lives at Catherine’s Court in Yelland.

He was born in Aberdeenshire but was stationed in Exeter for a time during World War Two, where he met his wife Joan Passmore.

They moved back to Joan’s home town of Barnstaple and then to Braunton, where Jock was known as ‘the pig man’ because he kept a few pigs to supplement his income as a carpenter for Barnstaple Town Council.

They moved to Swimbridge and he gave up his job to keep pigs full time, before they moved back to Barnstaple on retirement.

Joan died in 2006 after 63 years of marriage. Jock now has four children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

When asked what he puts his longevity down to, Jock said ‘good care’ and praised Catherine’s Court where he lives with six other residents.

His daughter Chris Bourne said: “He has excellent round the clock care from the small dedicated, caring and friendly staff in pleasant and comfortable surroundings.

“He tells the family the staff are very good and says it’s a very nice place to live.”

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