Jim an Aussie at 89

Jim Park . . . now an Aussie.
Jim Park . . . now an Aussie.
He may have become an Aussie on Australia Day, but Jim Park, who turns 90 in May, won’t give up his Scottish tradition of porridge for breakfast and a wee whisky each evening – ‘and maybe one during the day’.

The lively former oil industry worker, who moved to Byron Bay from Scotland almost 10 years ago to be close to his only son Alan and his wife Fiona, said he was proud to be an Aussie.

“I love it here. I think it’s wonderful,” he said.

“It’s casual and the people are lovely. The weather is fantastic, although the weather can be a wee bit too hot.”

Jim served for five years in the British Army as an artillery sergeant and saw service in Sicily, Italy, France Belgium and Holland and in Germany after the war ended.

His wife Winnie, who he married in 1946, died just before they were going to celebrate their golden anniversary.

Granted permanent residency in Australia four years ago, Jim said it was time to become an Australian.

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