Felixstowe: Centenarian’s bridge legacy

Len Harris reading his 100th birthday card from the queen at Mill Lane Nursing Home, Mill Lane, Feli

Len Harris reading his 100th birthday card from the queen at Mill Lane Nursing Home, Mill Lane, Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

A CENTENARIAN who worked on pieces of the metalwork for the Sydney Harbour Bridge has died a few months after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Len Harris, of Felixstowe’s Mill Lane Nursing Home, was an engineer for Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, Ransomes and Rapier and Manganese Bronze.

He worked on critical pieces manufactured for the bridge, in New South Wales, Australia, specifically on the slipper plates on which the steel arch structure which carries the city’s rail and vehicle traffic stands.

Born in Newson Street, Ipswich, he married his wife Ivy in 1940 but she sadly died a few weeks before their 70th wedding anniversary. They lived for 24 years in sheltered accommodation at Emily Bray House, Ipswich, and were among the first people to move into the complex.

Mr Harris had a lifelong interest in Ipswich Town Football Club and the Ipswich Witches speedway team, and also enjoyed a passion for rifle shooting.

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