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90th birthday celebrations for retired RAF veteran

Thursday, 27 July 2017

90th birthday celebrations for retired RAF veteran thumbnailW.J.’ Tony’ Cochrane, originally from Ballymoney and a Warrant Officer in the RAF, at his home in Portballintrae with his cake and glass of sparkly to celebrate his 90th birthday

A RETIRED RAF Warrant Officer celebrated his 90th birthday in typical Northern Irish style - with a BBQ in the rain and the company of his friends and family!
Born outside Ballymoney in 1927, William James Cochrane, who now lives in Portballintrae, became known as 'Tony' from only a year old and rarely heard his real name until he joined the Royal Air Force.
Mr Cochrane explained: "My grandmother brought me up as my mother worked. A year after I was born, my grandmother worked at the railway gates and one day when I was in her arms, there was a gypsy about.
“In those days you didn't let a gypsy pass without giving them something and so my grandmother gave a penny, which was big money in them days. The gypsy thanked her and said 'just before I go, I will give the wee'un the blessing of St Anthony.'

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