Cricket fan ‘100 not out’

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A CRICKET enthusiast scored a century by celebrating his 100th birthday with a cake in the shape of a cricket bat.

Arthur Kewell, who lives at Queen Mary’s Care Home in Hollington Park Road, St Leonards, held a party at the home on Friday (August 24).

Born and brought up in Eastbourne, Arthur was one of five children, growing up to become a carpet fitter in the town. He saw service in Belgium during the Second World War but, by then, he had also met and married Rosa, a dress maker, and the couple made their home in Hastings.

They were married for more than 50 years, doing everything together, with one of their great joys being coach holidays abroad. Rosa sadly died 20 years ago.

The couple had two children, Janet and Keith, and Arthur is now the proud patriarch of six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Arthur is a great Arsenal fan and cricket follower but also likes snooker and billiards on TV.

Julien Payne, managing director of Galleon Care Homes, which owns Queen Mary’s, said: “We’re all so proud that Arthur has scored his very own century. He’s such a sociable gentleman and we wish him many happy returns.”

Anne Crousse, manager at Queen Mary’s, said: “The family invited everyone to celebrate someone very special and we all made sure this was the happiest of days for Arthur.

“He even had a birthday cake in the shape of a cricket bat.”