A WETHERBY man who has lived and worked all over the world celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday.
John Marriott was born on July 26, 1911, in Greenock Terrace, Armley and educated at Whingate School until March 1924 when his family along with 18 others emigrated to Northcliffe, near Perth, Western Australia, as part of the Australian Group Settlement Scheme, to clear forest land and create farm settlements.
Mr Marriott, who now lives in Linton, fondly recalled those early days on the other side of the world. “One of my greatest joys at the time was to plant Gelegnite under trees and blow them out of the ground! And going to school on horseback.”
The family moved to Perth where he finished his education, returning to Rothwell in 1927. He took employment with Nicholsons Builders as a joiner working on Leeds Civic Hall Council Chamber as well as studying civil engineering.
Mr Marriott came to Wetherby in 1933 on a temporary basis to carry out housing surveys under a slum clearance drive. He was appointed permanently the following year to Wetherby Rural District Council.
He married Florence in 1937 with whom he enjoyed a long married life (with two sons, three grandsons and a grand daughter) until her death in 2009 aged 98
He retired from the council as engineer, surveyor and chief health inspector in 1974.
He was then invited by the World Health Organisation to initiate developments and improvements to waste management visiting Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Oman, South Yemen, North Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Nepal, India, Costa Rica, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Italy and the US. Finally retiring in 1993.