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Bill’s big day! 100th birthday bash

16 April, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Bill Jones 

A “LUCKY” man who has lived in Camden all his life celebrated his 100th birthday this week.

Bill Jones was born above what is now the Boots chemist in Mornington Crescent in 1918 and went to Hawley School. Mr Jones, who is the oldest of 33 residents at Pennethorne House, a sheltered housing block in Albany Street, said: “I’m very happy. I don’t feel as though I’m 100. I wake up in the morning and think, ‘I’m still here’. I’m a lucky man. I’ve enjoyed my life.”

He served in the Navy and later worked in WH Smith and at a Philips electrical shop. His working life came to an end when he was made redundant aged 64. Mr Jones, a great-grandfather of five, showed off his message from the Queen at the birthday party on Tuesday, although he said it is the third card from the Queen he can add to his collection.

He said “I received one on my 50th wedding anniversary and one on my 70th wedding anniversary too.” His wife Rhoda died aged 92 in 2011.

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