A local care home resident celebrated his 100th birthday in style with friends, family and the Mayor of Hailsham today.
Ray Davey of Marshview Care Home in Marshfoot Lane marked his birthday with a gathering at which relatives, well-wishers and guests of honour including the Town Mayor, Councillor Nigel Coltman, gathered to honour him and celebrate the special occasion.
Born in West London in July 1917, Mr Davey married his wife when he was 28 and served in the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant, teaching other officers and serving for five years during the war before leaving.
Mr Davey moved from Bognor Regis into Marshview in April 2014, so he could be nearer to his son.
Samantha Murphy, executive manager at Marshview Care Home said: “Despite reaching 100 years of age, Ray does not let his age get the better of him and always has a dashing smile ready for every occasion.”
Town Mayor Councillor Coltman, delighted to have been invited to the celebrations wished Mr Davey good health for the future. He said: “It’s wonderful to hear of someone remaining so active at such an age and it’s an honour to celebrate with Ray and other guests on his 100th birthday.”
“He is a lovely man and a pleasure to be around. Ray certainly does not look his age and I hope he enjoys many more birthday parties to come.”
Councillor Coltman also commended care home staff for their outstanding commitment to their residents. “Marshview is a very high quality place of residence for elderly people and I rather get the feeling that everyone here is happy which is good news all round!”
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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