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100 up for Hangleton great-grandfather who celebrates with cricket game
4:30pm Wednesday 10th July 2013 in News
A great-grandfather celebrated his 100th birthday in perfect fashion – with four generations of his family.
William Aldridge, who is affectionately known as Alf thanks to his middle name, scored his century on Friday and celebrated the milestone at his daughter’s house in Meads Avenue, Hangleton.
The following day, Alf rolled back the years as he took guard at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground in Hove as 40 friends and family joined him for a lunch.
His grandson, Phil Mepham, 53, said: “He’s a big cricket fan and it’s fitting that the day was celebrated at a sporting arena.
“He played a lot of cricket when he was younger and we were reminded of a story at the lunch of when he took his nephew along to a cricket match and came away with Sir Donald Bradman’s autograph.
“He follows The Albion from afar, so we’re a bit of a sporting family.
“I think he enjoyed his weekend and he certainly enjoyed the attention.”
Mr Aldridge was thrilled to receive his card from the Queen on Friday.
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