Happy 180th birthday, lads – trio plan special party

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THREE lifelong friends are celebrating their 60th birthdays within eight days of each other.

Jimmy Bloomfield, Joey Deeprose and Derek Ansell, who all live in Holington, St Leonards, will be joined by family and friends for a party next weekend to mark what they are calling their 180th birthday.

Mr Ansell, a driving instructor, turns 60 on March 1, Mr Bloomfield, a retired builder, the next day and Mr Deeprose, a former upholsterer, on March 9.

“It’s quite unusual,” Mr Ansell said. “We all grew up together, went to school together, played cricket together. It will be good to celebrate this milestone all together too.”