Published Monday, 07 June 2021
The Lord Mayor of Coventry is sending birthday wishes to a city resident who has a very special double celebration this year.
Percy Faulkner, known to all as Jack, has recently turned 96, and this year is also the 75th anniversary of his becoming a Freeman of the City of Coventry.
Born in Hillfields on 30 May 1925, Jack’s father was a milkman who did his rounds on a horse and cart, but as a teenager, Jack went into the growing city car industry. His first job was as a 14-year-old apprentice for SS Cars, (Standard Swallow), based in Holbrook Lane, which later changed its name to Jaguar.
Jack said “The job I had initially was to work on the upholstery for motorcycle sidecars. By chance, this was the job I ended up doing for Jaguar Cars at the point I retired at 65 in 1990. I was working with the upholstery in the trim shop. I spent a lot of years in between doing other work, and, of course, with the onset of the war, things changed for me as they did for everyone.“
In the war, Jack took a job as a carpentry apprentice with Montgomery’s, helping to repair and salvage homes damaged in the bombing raids. After finishing that apprenticeship in 1946 became a Freeman of the City.
His working life also took him to the Coventry Hood and Side Screen Factory, making side screens and hoods for cars such as MGs and Morris Minors, before returning to Jaguar where he worked for 17 years before retiring aged 65.
He was married to Joan and has two daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
To help mark the double celebration, Lord Mayor Cllr John McNicholas, sent Jack a special greeting.
He said: “Jack has lived an incredible life and must be one of our oldest Freemen.
“As an apprentice in the war he did invaluable work helping residents and he was a part of our booming car industry. He really is a part of our city’s history. We are very proud of all our Freemen, and for Jack to reach his 75th anniversary is truly remarkable.
“On behalf of the city I just want to say a special ‘thank-you’ to Jack for all he has done and wish him a very happy 96th birthday and 75th anniversary.“
Coventry is the only city where Freemen earn the right through serving an apprenticeship within the city. To learn more, visit the website