Birthday celebrations for West Wittering man

A FORMER bank manager turned 90 on Wednesday (January 29).

Leslie Bourne, now of West Wittering, moved to Chichester in 1974 after being offered the role of senior manager at the city’s branch of Lloyds, in East Street.

He was in charge for ten years, until retiring in 1984.

During his tenure as manager he was president of the district institute of bankers and was offered a fellowship in 1983.

In retirement, he and his wife Marjorie travelled all over the world together.

After leaving his role at the bank, Mr Bourne spent a lot of time in West Wittering.

He said he enjoyed his membership of the Witterings and District Bowls Club, where he was a past president and captain.

His wife Marjorie was also a captain of the ladies’ team.

Mr Bourne continued to play golf until recently and was made a seniors captain at Goodwood Golf Club.

He also served for four years on West Wittering Parish Council.

Mrs Bourne joined the village’s flower club and won prizes for her arrangements.

She also formed with a friend the village’s luncheon club.

In later years, Mrs Bourne developed dementia and cancer and was cared for by her husband until she passed away. Because of this, he formed a men’s carers group after caring for his wife for 13 years.

Mr Bourne celebrated his birthday at his home in Elms Ride, West Wittering.