Family is key to long life, says Rugby resident Lewis on 100th birthday - The Rugby Observer
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19th Aug, 2022

Family is key to long life, says Rugby resident Lewis on 100th birthday

A RESIDENT at Anya Court Care Home has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Lewis Watson spent his special day at the residential, nursing and dementia 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 Ashden Under Lyne in Greater Manchester on January 4, 1922.

He started working at the age of 16 as a bank clerk – and had risen to the position of director by the time he retired. In 1941 he took an 18-month career break from banking to join the RAF during the Second World War, during which 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, eight grandchildren 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 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 Michelle Sides said: “My heart was warmed 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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