Popular centenarian Dennis Garratt has described his past week of celebrations as “an absolute cracker”.
Following his VIP outing to the Great Central Railway on his birthday last week, Dennis, of Shepherd’s Way, Uppingham, enjoyed a community party at Uppingham Town Hall on Thursday. It was put on by Uppingham Youth Group after they met him at a Christmas party they organised for the town’s senior citizens last year. Town councillors joined a group of 100 well-wishers celebrating at the 1930s/40s themed night.
Uppingham Mayor Dave Casewell said: “It was a fabulous evening with Dennis as star of the show. It’s hard to believe that he is 100 years old! He is a fund of interesting stories and has a lively sense of humour. He participates in many local activities and is an asset to the town. It was a privilege to be at such an event.”
The Falcon Hotel held a jazz night for 90 people with Dennis’ favourite local band - The Welland Valley Stompers. He attended with family and friends until late and was presented with champagne and other gifts by hotel owner Robert Wills.
He said: “Since we bought the Falcon two years ago Dennis has been a regular customer. He is a wonderful gentleman and holds court every Friday, regaling us with stories of his time in the RAF and his years in Uppingham.”
Overall, Dennis said it had been extraordinary fun - but not without stress.
“It has been a totally unforgettable week,” he said.