Wes­ley alum­nus 100th

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WES­LEY Col­lege’s old­est liv­ing alum­nus had a spe­cial birth­day sur­prise at his for­mer school.

Eric Knight cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day with a sur­prise cel­e­bra­tion at the ju­nior school assem­bly on April 7.

Mr Knight’s fam­ily has had four gen­er­a­tions at­tend the school, in­clud­ing his chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren.

Dur­ing the assem­bly, stu­dents sang Mr Knight Happy Birth­day and then asked Mr Knight about his ex­pe­ri­ence of at­tend­ing the school in the 1930s.

At­ten­dees at the assem­bly were shown a cricket bat, hat and school pho­tos from the era.

Mr Knight said the cel­e­bra­tions were a big sur­prise and he had no idea it was go­ing to hap­pen.

“It was ab­so­lutely won­der­ful to be sur­rounded by my fam­ily dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions,” he said.

“I haven’t re­ally thought about turn­ing 100, I just kept breath­ing and it came.”

Mr Knight said with his fam­ily his­tory tied to Wes­ley Col­lege, the school meant a lot to him.

“I had a very happy d467578 time here. I en­joyed be­ing a boarder and I was happy to pass on the ex­pe­ri­ence to my chil­dren.

“It was an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to come here to­day,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Great grand­chil­dren Ja­cob (11) and Ni­cholas Knight (5) joined Eric Knight at the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

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