Birthday celebrations in a 30 year sequence

Aimee, Ronnie and Mark
Aimee, Ronnie and Mark

If it’s June, it’s birthday time.

When Aimee Lawrenson turns 30 on June 29, she will bring to an end a month of cards, cakes and candles.

Her dad, retired school teacher Mark Gilfoyle, was 60 on June 2 and his father-in-law Ronnie Iddon reached the grand age of 90 on June 13.

Former teacher Mark is married to Carol, 57, a part-time medical secretary at Chorley Hospital,

They live on The Hedgerows estate, off Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland.

Mark, who is Leyland born and bred, said: “It’s unusual all in the same month. We have so many cards and gifts and people getting in touch. It’s been brilliant.”

Ronnie lives in an annexe at the side of Mark and Carol’s home.

He worked at the old Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company and was in India in World War Two.

“Ronnie was in the Royal Navy and was at Scapa Flow,” explained Mark.

“He transferred to the army and was in India. He was about to go to Burma when the bomb dropped on Japan and it all stopped.”

But Ronnie should not be with the family, according to doctors.

“He’s a very, very lucky man,” said Mark.

“At 62, he had a major aortic aneurysm and they told us he would not live until the following morning.

“He was in intensive care for a week and he survived and now more than 25 years on he’s celebrated his 90th birthday.”

Ronnie adores his great grandson Finley, three, whose father is Mark’s son Craig.

“He just walks up every morning and says, another day,” said Mark.

Ronnie, who lost his wife Bessie four years ago, and family, enjoyed a birthday meal at the Rufford Arms, Liverpool Road, Rufford.

Mark’s last teaching job was at Parbold Douglas CE Primary School.

Now he spends much of his time renovating houses and is due to appear on BBC TV’s Homes under the Hammer later this year, which is hosted by former football star Dion Dublin.

“I’ve started renovating old houses,” explained Mark.

“One at the moment is on Homes under the Hammer. They did the first filming in March when Dion Dublin came. They’re coming again, hopefully in September for the finished article.”

The property is on East Street, Farington.

Meanwhile, there is to be a new addition to the family.

For Aimee, an art teacher at Cardinal Newman College, Preston, who lives with her leisure centre sales manager husband Simon, 40, at De Trafford Place, Croston, is expecting a baby in September.

“That would mean we potentially have a future 30, 60, 90, 120,” joked Mark. “Ronnie says he will try his best.”