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Rhondda grandfather celebrates 100th birthday

Rhondda grandfather celebrates 100th birthday

Mr William Pike with the Mayor and his consort, Anne

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor congratulated Tylorstown resident Mr William Pike on his 100th birthday during the civic week, July 27-August 2, 2014.

Mayor Cllr John Watts met Mr Pike on Wednesday, July 30, as he celebrated his birthday with family and friends at Ferndale House Resource Centre, Ferndale.

Born in Blaenllechau, Mr Pike was one of four children and had three sisters. As a young man, Mr Pike worked for a short time as a miner and then went away to learn his trade as an engineer. When he returned, he worked in Flex Fasteners factory.

He met his wife Mildred - who worked in the factory’s office – on the works bus. The couple lived in Ferndale Road until Mildred passed away many years ago.

The couple’s daughter, Elaine, and her husband Emyr have two daughters, Ffion and Rachel, who joined in Mr Pike’s birthday celebrations.

Mr Pike has been attending Ferndale House Resource Centre for many years and has made many friends.

Mayor Cllr Watts said: “I was delighted to meet Mr Pike, who is held in high regard by the staff and service users because of his very pleasant manner and helpful nature. It was also a pleasure to visit the day centre, which is an asset to the local community.”

During his year in office from 2014-2015, Cllr Watts will be working through his charity appeal to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), The Royal British Legion and the Rhondda Appeal, a local cause for Boys’ and Girls’ clubs.

Donations to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal can be made through a secure online service. Please visit the Mayor's page if you would like to make a donation.

Or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office on 01443 494061 or email mayor@rctcbc.gov.uk

For further information on the services available for older people at Ferndale House Resource Centre, please call manager Pat Summers on 01443 730614.

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