Birthday celebrations for centenarian

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Leighton Buzzard resident William Vaughan will be turning 100 this July.

Members of William’s family from as far afield as the USA are travelling to be with him for the milestone on Friday July 18, and the day itself on Saturday July 19. William requested a party, and the festivities will be taking place at the Royal British Legion on West Road in Leighton Buzzard. A former lorry driver, William has lived in the town his entire life, and his granddaughter Amanda Wagner is expecting a turnout of around 70 people to celebrate with him.

She said: “He’s quite remarkable, still very fit and healthy. I see him once a week to cook his dinner”. William likes to keep active, often tending to and mowing his garden, or hopping on the bus to meet friends at the Litten Tree pub.