Easebourne man celebrates a century

Easebourne resident Charles Cunnington
Easebourne resident Charles Cunnington

EASEBOURNE villager Charles Cunnington marked his 100th birthday with three days of celebrations.

First he went out to lunch with his daughter Susan, the next day he was out to lunch again, this time with 30 members of his family and friends.

And to cap it off, he was in St Mary’s Church at Easebourne on Sunday to celebrate with more friends.

Mr Cunnington retired from Barclays bank and moved to Easebourne with his late wife Madge more than 40 years ago. He still lives in the same house, sadly on his own now as Madge died some 25 years ago.

For many years he has been very involved with St Mary’s Church, for much of that time as treasurer to the parochial church council. At the Sunday service, the congregation sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and enjoyed a birthday cake with their coffee.

He has also been a lifelong supporter of Arsenal Football Club, having a season ticket as far back as the 1930s, and was delighted to receive a special birthday card from the club signed by manager Arsene Wenger as well as the current squad and stars from yesteryear, Frank McLintock and Charlie George. He also received congratulations from the Queen.