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Harringworth centenarian celebrates his milestone birthday

Neighbours threw an afternoon tea party for Harringworth centenarian Bill Brown to celebrate his milestone birthday.

Bill, pictured above, was born on May 23, 1919 and has always lived life to the full.

In 1939 Bill he became one of a small number of men to train as a militiaman.

Bill Brown has celebrated his 100th birthday (12154379)
Bill Brown has celebrated his 100th birthday (12154379)

He was dispatched to Clacton-on-Sea after six months and 12 days later became a Sapper with the Royal Engineers British Expedition Force in France.

Following the Nazi invasion Bill was forced to retreat to Dunkirk and then diverted 400 miles to La Rochelle.

After the war he married his wife Phyl and moved to Shotley in Suffolk where he worked in the furniture industry.

Bill has always been a keen gardener and continued to make soup with home-grown tomatoes well into his 90s.

He has also travelled the world, scuba dived with familyin the Caribbean and walked over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in his late 80s.

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