Ex-builder Jim reaches 100

Centenarian Jim Judd and his wife Jean
Centenarian Jim Judd and his wife Jean

A lack of drinking, smoking and chasing of ‘loose women’ is the secret to a long life, 
according to the wife of a new centenarian in Skegness.

Jim Judd celebrated his 100th birthday with loved ones at the Bell Inn, at Burgh le Marsh, yesterday.

His wife of 65 years, Jean, has her view on the secret of his longevity, saying: “He’s not smoked or drunk all his life. And he’s not been chasing any loose women,” she added with a chuckle.

Barnsley-born Jim was handed his first taste of Skegness when his father, James, a master builder, was appointed as foreman for the building of the resort’s General Post Office at the junction of Roman Bank and Lincoln Road.

They moved into St Andrew’s Drive and Jim attended a school in Roman Bank. During their time in Skegness, they attended the Methodist church, helping with the Sunday School.

At the age of 14, Jim left school and went to work, helping a Mr Goy with a bread and confectionary round.

With the Post Office completed, the family moved back to Yorkshire, but Jim would return to Skegness – with his own family – to live permanently in 1964, buying a guesthouse in Sunningdale Drive, which coincidentally turned out to belong to the Goy family.

In the intervening years, Jim worked for a tobacconist shop, joined his father in the building trade (constructing Anderson bomb shelters during the Second World War), volunteered for the Army (being posted to a Royal Army Service Corps unit serving in Italy), set up a business with his father, met his wife, married, and, in 1951, became a father to son Derek.

In the early years of married life, ahead of the move to Skegness, he and Jean acquired a caravan in Winthorpe, where they spent many relaxing holidays.

After moving to Skegness, Jim continued to work in the building trade and was involved in the building of bungalows in Kennedy Avenue, Forsyth Crescent and Ridley Avenue before the industry hit something of a slump.

This led to Jim taking up a position at a subsidiary of Butlins, Web Publicity.

Jim retired in 1980, when the Judds sold the guesthouse and bought a house in Lumley Avenue. They now live in Beresford Avenue.