Lichfield’s ‘Uncle James’ celebrates 101st birthday

James Barrington Layne, known as “Uncle James,” of Lichfield, Mahaica, Berbice, celebrated his 101st birthday on Monday.

Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally visited the centenarian on Thursday to join him in commemorating the milestone, a press release from the ministry said.

James Barrington Layne greeting Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally

It noted that Layne ably stood to greet Ally as she presented him with a hamper on behalf of the Government of Guyana.

Layne, according to the ministry, is the father of four children, a grandfather of thirteen and great grandfather of seven.

When asked what he enjoys doing, he said he loves to farm and to dance. He also noted that he keeps abreast with the news, reading the papers every day from cover to cover.

His family indicated that they dare not throw away any of his newspapers because, as he says, “news don’t spoil.”

Layne, the ministry added, also said that “one of his favourite pastimes is attending funerals and watching death announcements” although he highlighted as well “his love for female company more than anything else.”

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