VIP treatment for centenarian City supporter
HE HAS lived through two world wars and seen countless changes in his 100 years.
But centenarian Fred Kimberley has always had one constant in his life – a love for Hull City.
So he was delighted to celebrate his birthday by being given VIP treatment at Saturday's home game against Burnley.
The game ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Tigers.
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But for Fred, who was born in Hull in 1912, it was a day to remember.
He said: "I shall never forget this day for the rest of my life, which I intend to last a long time yet."
Fred met manager Steve Bruce and captain Jack Hobbs, who presented him with a signed home shirt with "FRED 100" printed on the back. The special guest then made the half-time draw.
After being introduced to the crowd, the lively pensioner used the PA to wish everyone luck and was given a round of applause from the crowd.
The retired railways engineer was invited to the chairman's suite after the match and even interviewed by presenter Mark Clemmit for BBC One's The Football League Show.
Reflecting on his special day, Fred said: "Meeting Steve Bruce was the icing on the cake of my 100th birthday.
"Everything else that has happened to me today – the way I have been looked after, the welcome from the fans, my shirt, meeting Jack Hobbs, and then Dr Allam and his family in the Chairman's Suite after the match – was the cherry on the icing on the cake."
Hobbs said: "It's a real honour to meet a Tigers fan who is almost as old as the club itself.
"Fred is one of those people who is clearly a gentleman and who also has all his wits about him.
"I'll never make it to 100. In fact, I've seen 60-year-olds who look older than Fred.
"It was marvellous that Fred wasn't fazed by his moment of fame on the pitch and was enjoying the moment to the full.
"It's right the club should acknowledge special achievement's like Fred's, and I was delighted to be part of his day and meet the man himself."
The trip to the KC topped off a fantastic month for Fred, who turned 100 on November 11.
He organised his own birthday party and invited friends from his Tuesday Club for a meal at Driffield's Bell Hotel.
Staff at the hotel admitted they were surprised and impressed to have a 100-year-old man strolling up to reception and asking about party arrangements.
Fred even organised his own cake and guest list.
It seemed a small task to Fred, who since the death of his wife, Dorothy, five years ago, has lived lives independently in a Driffield bungalow.
Fred, who was born in Westbourne Street, Hessle, on November 11, 1912, still drives, does his own shopping and takes a keen interest in local clubs and associations.
It Is an impressive feat for a man old enough to remember Zeppelin airships flying over Hull in the First World War and who was living in the city with his wife and children when Hull was bombarded in the Second World War.
But Fred is matter-of-fact about his longevity.
He said: "I like to keep active.
"I can't walk too far but I have the car for short distances.
"I have some great memories and I've still got lots of friends at the Tuesday Club.
"They're mostly ladies and mainly elderly but it's nice to get out when I can."