A 100-YEAR-OLD who was told he ‘would never make old bones’ has celebrated his milestone birthday with a tea party at the Grand Hotel.
Cyril Charles Smith celebrated his century with his family at Eastbourne’s premier hotel recently.
Cyril was born in Balham, London, and ran the family building business with his two brothers.
He retired to Eastbourne with his wife, Linda, 30 years ago.
A master plumber by trade, Cyril spent his army career at Castle Donington and still enjoys happy memories of his time there and his 54 years working in Balham.
Beating tuberculosis three times, Cyril was told by his father that he ‘would never make old bones’ but he and his wife went on to enjoy more than 60 years of marriage.
The couple had two sons, John and David, and Cyril is now a great-grandfather.
He was joined at the Grand Hotel celebration by his son David, granddaughter Rosemary and their family.