Wednesday 22 February 2017

Not going out: Ernie stays in lifelong home to celebrate his 100 birthday

Published 07/08/2015 | 14:13

Ernie Rollason who has celebrated his 100th birthday in the same Leicester house where he was born
Ernie Rollason who has celebrated his 100th birthday in the same Leicester house where he was born

There was only one place Ernie Rollason wanted to celebrate his 100th birthday: in the same three-bedroom terrace house where he was born a century ago.

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And the former metal sheet worker put his long life down to never marrying or moving, saying that neither really appealed to him.

Mr Rollason celebrated his century by watching another century as the cricket fan tuned in to see Joe Root's knock at the Trent Bridge Ashes test on Thursday.

He said: "It's been a bit rowdy with friends and family coming over and I've never had as many cards.

"I never wanted to marry or move so that's why I've stayed here as long as I have."

When asked if he'd be happy to be crowned the country's oldest bachelor, Mr Rollason said "I've never really thought that but I must be."

He worked at the clock makers Gent and Co in Leicester for 45 years, only stopping to serve in the Second World War where he worked on amphibious landing craft.

Mr Rollason said his main passions in life are Leicester City, watching Andy Murray and fishing.

His other love is Reliant Robins, having owned eight in his lifetime. He said: "I was driving for decades and never once had a ticket or anything."

He was born at the house in Orson Street, Leicester, as one of five children and when his parents died, he carried on living there with older brother Harry who died a few months before reaching his 100th birthday.

Mr Rollason said: "I have had a good life, it's been quiet and that's the way I like it."

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