Four gen­er­a­tions join Len in cel­e­brat­ing spe­cial day

Great grand­fa­ther’s 100th birth­day marked at Har­ling­ton Li­brary

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

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.

For 68 years, The

n MILE­STONE: The 100th birth­day of Len Hart at Har­ling­ton Li­brary Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

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