George’s friends gather for his 96th birthday

George Tyler
George Tyler

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A surprise party was thrown for George Tyler when he celebrated his 96th birthday.

George thought a visitor or two might pop in on his big day – but had no idea that a special gathering had been planned.

Everyone turned out to see him, including sons Georgie, Billy, Eddie and Michael, plus daughters Betty, Anna and Jane.

George’s 36 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren were also there.

George has lived an interesting life. As a father-of-six, he spent time as a prisoner-of-war. On his release he returned to wife, Annie, and they went on to have another three children.

The couple met on an evening out at the Old Tavern pub in Portsmouth. Annie was walking past, George whistled and the pair got talking.

George worked in the building trade up until the age of 82 and his sons have all followed him into the business.

He’s lived in Leigh Park all his life and built many of the houses there – he even built the house he used to live in.

After many years in Botley Drive, he moved to a warden controlled home and that’s where his party was held.