A MAN who emigrated to New Zealand in 1966 has celebrated his 90th birthday by keeping in touch with his family and roots. Alec Day of Butty Fold Farm, Upper Hulme, took a holiday to New Zealand in 1964.
During his vacation he met Lois Carston, who went on to become his wife.
The couple were married at St Matthew's Church in Meerbrook in 1965.
In 1966 Alec and Lois went to live in Danniverke, New Zealand, where they have remained ever since.
They now have two sons Andrew, aged 45, and Brian, aged 43, along with two grandsons Michael and Andre.
Alec and Lois keep in regularly contact with brothers and sisters, Hilda, Edna, Joe, Jean and Reg, who all live in Upper Hulme and Leek and are all over 80 years of age.
They have visited home in the Moorlands several time over the years.
The couple also keep up to date with the Post & Times as they have been sent a copy every week since 1966.
To celebrate Alec's 90th birthday his nephew and niece Michael and Mandy Day who live at Butty Fold Farm, sent over some old stories of when Alec lived on the farm.
Mandy said: "Alec youngest son Brian, emailed me for some of the old tales from Butty Fold Farm when Alec was still in Upperhulme working on the family farm.
"I had a word with Alec's brother Joe and his wife Mary and sister Edna, and they all told a few stories and tales of the good old days.
Brian then used these at the birthday party and everyone enjoyed listening, reminiscing and laughing.
"Alec had a fall last year and was in hospital with a broken arm, which was a long time healing.
"He was telling us on the phone that he has now gone up in the world and had a ride on mower to cut his lawns.
"We hope to see them again soon, even just to celebrate another of Alec's birthdays."
When asked what he missed about the Moorlands, Alec said: "Family and friends, but also just meeting people round and about, even a trip to Leek you would meet a lot of people you knew to have a chat to.
"I really enjoyed seeing the family. We have had a lot of visitors over the years; family, friends and friends of family and friends have visited us, but family really hit home. Saying goodbye is never easy.
"Not many people live in New Zealand. It is a very quiet relaxed laid back country, as England is quite the opposite."