Celebrations for war veteran’s birthday

Alan Cresswell, with standing, from left, Legion members, Nobby Middleton, Steve Ironmonge and Alan Jones
Alan Cresswell, with standing, from left, Legion members, Nobby Middleton, Steve Ironmonge and Alan Jones
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A baker has created a special cake to celebrate the wonderful and eccentric life of a Second World War veteran from Bourne.

Alan Cresswell, 94, of Stone Close, flew numerous missions with the RAF during the war, hunting submarines in the north Atlantic and bombing raids over Europe in a Halifax Mk2.

During the course of the war Alan rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant and was decorated with medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Force Cross

When he moved to Bourne 10 years ago to be closer to his son Tony and his grandchildren, Alan joined the local branch of Royal British Legion and on his 94th birthday last month he was visited by some of his comrades from the legion at Qu’appelle Care home in Bourne where he was briefly receiving some respite care.

He was presented with gifts, cards and the very special cake.

The cake was made at the request of Tony by Gillian Sloss of Cake Pop Creations, Baston.

Tony wanted as much of his father’s fascinating life story to be featured on the cake as possible.

Alan’s son described him as one of the truly eccentric British characters. An example of his eccentricities came on his 91st birthday when Alan once again took to the skies, flying a Cessna 152 aircraft out of Sibson Airfield, near Peterborough. The flight was his first for 65 years.

In 2011 Alan hit the national newspaper headlines with his 1.5 mile trips on his mobility scooter pulling a wheelie bin.

As an active member of the Royal British Legion Alan took part in parades and poppy appeals and was even invited to be the guest speaker at the 70th Commemorative Battle of Britain dinner at RAF Wittering.