I was able to drop in on one of Neston’s long-term residents to wish him a happy 90th birthday (on Valentine’s Day). Denis O’Brien, a stalwart of the Workers’ Education Association in Neston for many years was indulging his passion for learning at a WEA literature class at the Neston Community & Youth Centre when much to his surprise (but with the prior agreement of the tutor) I interrupted to wish him well. Other members of the class, including his wife, June, had prepared a small cake celebration for their break time.
Denis was a member of the old Neston Urban District Council until it was abolished in 1974 for Neston to become part of the new Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council (which itself disappeared in 2009).
He still walks everywhere in Neston, a familiar sight in his trilby with a knapsack on his back and a stick in his hand. Good to know you, Denis.