A centenarian who has lived his entire life in Berrynarbor has enjoyed a very traditional journey to his 100th birthday party. Ron Toms and his family were collected from Lee Lodge for the trip to Manor Hall by a shire horse drawn wagon that would have been very familiar to him from his farming days. Mr Toms was born on a farm in the village 15, 1916 and later worked at Home Barton Farm for his entire career, some 70 years. He said he did a bit of everything on the farm: In those days you had the weather, so you could go out and work for weeks and weeks, he said. When the horse man left I took on the horses, which I liked very much. We used to walk miles after horses and pulling in 18 hour days. Mr Toms married Gladys, a London girl, when he was 23: She came here on holiday and we met, about two months after that we got married. People said oh, you wont last five minutes but we had 60 years together. The couple had two children, Sheila and Raymond who sadly died when he was 50 and there are now two grand children and four great grand children. Gladys passed away in 2001 and Mr Toms has now been at Lee Lodge for eight years. He said: Its a very good place, we are well looked after and the staff are very good. His daughter Sheila said her dads mantra had always been hard work never hurt anyone. During the Second World War Mr Toms served as a member of the Home Guard and recalled parading for two hours in the evenings. In 2012 Judith Adams published The Book of Berrynarbor: A Biography of Devon Life, a biography of Mr Toms childhood and working life in the village. He said: I dont think many can say they stayed in the same village all their life, they travelled about, but I couldnt travel, it used to upset me.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.