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‘Banwell’s oldest resident’ celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 October 2017

Charlie Williams celebrating his 100th birthday with his daughters and grandchildren.

Charlie Williams celebrating his 100th birthday with his daughters and grandchildren.

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Banwell’s oldest resident celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by dozens of his closest friends and family.

Charles (or Charlie) Williams celebrating his 100th birthday. Charles (or Charlie) Williams celebrating his 100th birthday.

Charlie Williams turned 100 on Sunday and a celebration to mark the milestone was held in Banwell Village Hall on Saturday.

Mr Williams was born in Milton but moved to Banwell at the age of 12.

He joined the army in 1939 and was in the Royal Engineers serving in Africa, Sicily and Italy. After the war, Mr Williams joined local building firms before setting up his own building and decorating company.

He is an active member of the community and played football in his youth and bowls in the 1960s.

He was a parish councillor for 39 years and still takes a keen interest in the village.

At his party more than 130 people gathered to help him celebrate, and were treated to a slideshow of ‘old Banwell’ which included pictures of Charlie before a buffet lunch and plenty of birthday cake.

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