Commemorative coin marks 100th birthday

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Gore and Districts Memorial RSA life member Fred Cooper is presented with a commemorative World War 1 coin by president Neil Bone in recognition of Mr Cooper turning 100 years old recently.

Mr Bone said Mr Cooper was a life member and deserving of the coin.

“Fred’s done a huge amount of work for the club.”

While Mr Cooper was not the only surviving World War 2 veteran, he was the oldest, Mr Bone said.

The group had bought 10 coins to mark the 100th year old birthday of veterans.

“When they do [turn 100] it’s quite a special occasion.”

So far the late Noel Marshall had been the only other veteran to receive a coin.

Mr Cooper said receiving the coin was a “fantastic gesture”.

“It’s out of this world. I appreciate it very much.”