Big celebrations for Petworth man’s 100th birthday

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Northchapel man ollie baker turned 100 on tuesday, and celebrated the milestone in style at with family and friends.

Mr baker had a party at his care home, rotherlea in petworth, and kirsty ramsey, activities coordinator, said he was chuffed with his telegram from the queen, and had been talking about it for years.

She said: “he’s been excited about this telegram for a long time so we’re glad he’s finally 
got it!”

The war veteran lived in northchapel his whole life and has been with rotherlea care home for more than ten years,

He was at the former midhurst care home before it moved to petworth four years ago.

Kirsty ramsey said: “ollie loves the piano and singing, and he used to play the organ at his local church.

“He has a lot of friends here at rotherlea, and after his birthday party he was exhausted but he had a really great day and thanked us, which was lovely.”

Mr baker worked as a postman for sussex and also as a part-time fireman after serving in the war. He had no children but was married for a number of years.