A GREAT Harwood man who was born at the turn of the 20th century has raced through life, clocking up 103 years.
Ned Hughes was one of the first men in Hyndburn to be fined for speeding back in the days when the speed limit was just 12mph.
Mr Hughes was fined five shillings for doing 15mph on what is now Whalley Road after being stopped by police on push bikes.
He was born in Lord Street, Great Harwood, in 1900 and was one of seven children. Mr Hughes was even attracting attention as a toddler and won first prize in a bonny baby competition in the town in 1902.
His family later moved to Moss Street and Mr Hughes enrolled as a pupil at St John's School. He left school at the age of 12 and started work in Boardman and Baron's.
He has had a number of jobs over the years, including working in a garage and teaching people to drive buses at Chester Corporation. He also ran a greengrocers in Wallasey, Wirral, during World War Two. He went on to work for Lucas Automotive Ltd in Burnley and retired 38 years ago.
Mr Hughes, who has been married twice and has no children, moved into Northlands Residential Home, Great Harwood, four years ago and he says he is very happy there.
He celebrated turning 103 with a special visit from the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Miss Win Frankland, and said that he did not understand all the fuss over his birthday.
Mr Hughes enjoys playing the piano and sitting outside when the weather is fine, chatting to passers-by.