A MAN who has spent his whole life delivering the early morning pinta to people of Leek and the surrounding area has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Eric Corbishley, of Bradnop, was born on February 11, 1914, just has the First World War was to begin.
He started work at the age of just 14 as a milkman and carried on the job he loved until he retired.
The only time he was stopped from delivering his pints of milk was for six years while he served in the Army during the Second World War.
During the war he was still a delivery man, but this time he was taking ammunition to the front line.
Eric said that his love of walking, cycling and swimming has led him to lead a long life.
He said: "I have been a milkman for 50 years, except the time I served in the war. I loved meeting people and I got to be very well-known across the area.
"I love walking cycling, swimming and gardening.
"When I was 93 I swam a mile when I took part in a swimathon for charity.
"I have enjoyed life and have been lucky not to have been poorly.
"The reason is you have to do the right things and look after yourself.
"I have seen many changes in my life. Cars and televisions, along with many more items, have got better and better."
Every Friday Eric goes to Waterhouses Luncheon Club, which is organised by Moorlands Home Link, to meet up with friends.
On Friday Eric got an early birthday surprise when the club was moved from its regular spot at The Hub in Waterfall Lane to Waterhouses Methodist Church in Leek Road.
Here Eric was joined by the club's regulars plus invited guests and also by his sister, Molly, who is 93 years old, along with his nephews and nieces.
Rural Support worker for Moorlands Home Link said that every pupil at Waterhouses Primary School had made Eric a birthday card which were on display in the chapel.
During the party a short service was held where hymns were sang and a poem was read. Further entertainment was later provided by with the Uke3A Ukulele group.
Eric said: "It has been a lovely party for me.
"I did not think they would do this for me.
"I have enjoyed the singing and it has been marvellous to hear so many good voices."
On Sunday Eric was taken out again, this time by his family and neighbours to The Rose and Crown at Stockton Brook.
Stepson Alex Hawkins said: "Eric is wonderful. I have known him for 40 years, when he married my mother, who sadly died in 2008.
"He loved his job working for the Co-op delivering milk around the Leek area.
"He also had a corner shop for some years in Ashbourne Road with his first wife.
"I can only ever remember him suffering from an infected toe.
"He was very pleased to receive a card from the Queen congratulating him on his 100th birthday.
"He has also enjoyed his two parties that have been put on to mark his big day."