Far-flung family together again for birthday bash
A 100TH birthday celebration has brought together a family who live thousands of miles apart.
George Williams marked his 100th birthday in style with family who travelled from Canada and America to see him.
Mr Williams, who was born in Briton Ferry but now lives in The Old Vicarage Nursing Home in Tonna, was all smiles at a party held in his honour.
His daughter Margaret Evans said it was an "extra special day" as her brother Godfrey and his wife Mary had crossed the Pond from Canada for the occasion.
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"Godfrey and Mary came over from Canada, as well as two of their sons — Simon, who lives in California, and Tom, who lives in South Carolina," she said.
"Their third son, Matthew, who lives in Canada, did not come as he has been over recently.
"It was a beautiful party. Everyone really enjoyed themselves."
Mrs Evans, who lives in Llansamlet, said around 25 had people attended the birthday celebration.
"It was wonderful," she said. "There were family and many of his friends who came from the bowling club he was involved in and the senior citizens' club. We could not have wished for a better party.
"He was delighted by it all and was a bit overwhelmed."
Mr Williams studied at Pagefield College in Swansea before becoming a clerical officer in the county court in Ammanford in 1929.
He then moved to Neath County Court in 1936. He was called up in 1941 and served in the Middle East until 1945.
After the war he returned to the civil service until his retirement in 1977. When he became widowed in 1986 he moved to Morriston to live with his daughter and son-in-law.
Over the years, as well as enjoying bowls and the senior citizens' club he joined, he spent many holidays in Canada and America with his son, daughter-in-law and their families. As well as three grandchildren he also has four great grandchildren.
Mrs Evans said the family would like to thank the nursing home for helping to deliver a party to remember.
Mr Williams moved into the home three months ago after a long stay in hospital because he had suffered a stroke.
"The family would like to thank the nursing home for the reception because the catering was exceptional," she said.