CENTENARIAN Gwilym Davies celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday with a gathering of friends and family at Clifton Court.
Mr Davies, a former coal miner and English Electric cutter and grinder, was born in Caerau, near Cardiff, on July 16 1912. He married his wife, Anne, in 1936 in Wales and moved to Rugby in 1953.
In attendance was his only child, daughter Carol Lane, her husband Ronald, and grandson Julian, 46, who travelled from Australia to see his grandfather.
Mr Davies was a keen flat-green bowler after his retirement in the late 1970s, and he even won a national fours championship in 1983 with Advertiser bowls correspondent Harry Reynolds.
He continued playing bowls until he was 95. He has seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr Davies said it was great to see his family on his birthday, especially his grandson Julian, who had jetted over from Australia to visit his grandfather after not seeing him for two years.
He said the secret to his longevity was his active lifestyle and positive attitude.
Speaking on his birthday, he said: “I’d put it down to staying fit and active. I pray twice each day, I walk as much as I can and try to get out and about as much as possible.
“It’s been great to see my family today - thanks to them I’ve had a really fun birthday.”
Daughter Carol wished her dad a happy birthday and said that despite reaching the milestone, Gwilym still hasn’t lost his sparkle, or sense of humour.
“Myself and the family are very proud of my dad for reaching his 100th birthday,” she added.