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Anya Court resident celebrates 100th birthday

5 January 2022

Anya Court resident celebrates 100th birthday

A resident at Anya Court, our care home in Rugby, celebrated his 100th birthday recently.

Lewis Watson spent his special day at the home with his three children and grandson, where he enjoyed a family meal and birthday cake freshly prepared by the Chef.

Lewis was born in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside Greater Manchester on 4th January 1922.

He started working at the age of 16 as a bank clerk and retired many years later as a director. In 1941 he took an 18-month career break from banking to join the RAF during WW2. During this time, he was sent to Nigeria to work as a wireless operator.

He met his late wife Mary in the queue at the Kingsway Cinema in Manchester. He offered her a cigarette but she proudly declined. Their paths later crossed again in an air raid shelter in Manchester and they got married in 1943.

They went on to have three children, 8 grand children and 11 great grandchildren.

Lewis received a card from the Queen congratulating him on his milestone. He also received a card from the Queen on his 70th wedding anniversary to Mary in 2013.

Lewis, 100, said: “I had a lovely day. My family are so important to me and they are how I have managed to reach 100 years of age.”

General Manager at Anya Court Care Home, Michelle Sides said: “My heart was warmed yesterday seeing one of our families celebrate the 100th birthday of our resident Lewis. Covid has taken so much away from us, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to do this for all the family.”

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