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Well-travelled Jim hits 90.

A CARDIFF man whose job took him and his family on postings around the world has celebrated his 90th birthday.

James Tuttle, better known as Jim to his friends, celebrated his birthday milestone with his wife Jenny at Springbank Nursing Home in Barry.

The couple, from Penarth, met on a blind date.

In 1961, Jim Tuttle gave up his job with the Merchant Navy in order to look after his two young daughters.

During that difficult year, Jim's mutual friend Pat invited him out on a blind date with Jenny as she and her friends all needed a lift to the fondlyremembered dance hall Bindles in Barry.

Organising a baby-sitter, Jim duly drove all four party-goers from Cardiff to Barry where they danced the night away.

Six weeks later, Jim said love had blossomed and he got down on one knee asking Jenny if she would marry him if they were still together by Christmas.

By 1966, another two daughters had arrived, bringing the total to four girls, and those Merchant Navy days of travel influenced Jim to take his family around the world on an adventure that would span both the Middle East and South Africa.

In the late 1960s Jim moved to Kuwait where he worked for the Kuwait Oil Company. From there he went to Iran and by the mid-70s Jim worked as a surveyor for Lloyds Register of Shipping working as a consultant to the Iranian national gas company.

By the 1980s Jim had been posted to Johannesburg in South Africa.

In celebration of such a well worn life, his wife and daughters, in collaboration with the whole of the Springbank team, celebrated his 90th birthday at the nursing home where the couple now reside.

As a way of commemorating such a varied life, an hour-long performance of belly dancers, The Persian Belles, and a solo burlesque performer performed to all the guests of Springbank. Mr Tuttle said: "I wasn't looking forward to becoming 90 or being made a fuss of.

"When I was asked what age I would like to be, I said 74!"

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Jim Tuttle, 90, blowing the candles out on his birthday cake

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 13, 2018
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