Four generations join Len in celebrating special day
Great grandfather’s 100th birthday marked at Harlington Library
A GREAT grandfather celebrated his 100th birthday with four generations of family in Hayes last week.
Len Hart marked the centenary milestone at Harlington Library on Wednesday, September 9.
Having had two children, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Mr Hart says the secret to a long life is to “think as young as you can, not how old you are”.
Fulham-born Mr Hart received his message from The Queen, and also received a message from the current Mayor of Hillingdon, George Cooper, while the previous mayor, Allan Kaufmann, sent him a postcard.
Mr Hart said: “It was wonderful. I feel I’m lucky to have all the friends that I have and my next door neighbours, they’re all so good to me – they’ve kept me alive.
“My son and his wife, they come to see me about once a week and do a tremendous job looking after me. Mr Samrai, my next door neighbour, is a wonderful man – he does all my shopping, but I’ve been lucky as well.”
Mr Hart worked as a panel beater in Hanwell, working on racing cars for Lotus, and was a keen bowls player for most of his life.
He said: “I played bowls until I was 92. I used to play at the GWR bowls club in Hanwell, then I went to Hounslow for a while and TRAINS were easy to spot when Harlington Locomotive Society welcomed families through its doors on Sunday.
Visitors were able to view 30 locomotives and trains at the society’s annual model engineering exhibition, held at its clubhouse in High Street, Harlington.
Engines from a large five inch gauge models down to ‘n’ gauge miniatures were on show, together with a ‘mammoth’ USA Union Pacific Challenger model, which organisers said finished at Cambridge park, Richmond. It was an indoor bowling club, by the river.”
The great grandfather enjoyed playing bowls with his wife of 55 years until her death in 1996.
Mr Hart said: “We were very, very happy. She was a lovely lady and like all couples we probably had our arguments now and then but we were very happy.”
His 69-year-old son Terry said the birthday celebrations went ‘really well’ and puts his father’s age down to his ‘strength of mind and positive thinking’. ‘stole the show’.
Larger trains carried visitors around the society’s two apple orchards during the afternoon and picnic tables were put to good use.
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n MILESTONE: The 100th birthday of Len Hart at Harlington Library Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyaphototms.co.uk