Sunday, 26 September 2021

Ex-airman celebrates 100th birthday

FORMER airman Tom Jones celebrated his 100th birthday with more than 50 family members and friends at Cleeve Lodge care

FORMER airman Tom Jones celebrated his 100th birthday with more than 50 family members and friends at Cleeve Lodge care home in Goring.

Among the guests were his daughters Liz Reading, 70, and Sue Sibbett, 64, his grandson Jonny Horne, 42, great granddaughters Asia Redhead, 13, and Finn Gill, 20, and great great grandson Alfie McAuley, one.

Mr Jones was born in Port Talbot and when he was eight his family moved to Pangbourne. He joined the RAF at age 20 and reached the rank of squadron leader before retiring at 55.

During the Second World War, Mr Jones was a gunnery officer in Bomber Command. Towards the end of hostilities, he trained as a pilot in Canada but did not fly any missions.

He married his wife Rita in 1941 and the couple moved to Goring when Mr Jones retired. He was a member of the village’s Probus Club and a sidesman at St Thomas’ Church. He was widowed about 30 years ago.

Mrs Reading said: “He has made so many friends in Goring. The great thing about living in a small community like this is that everyone can visit him. Sometimes I’ll come to see him and there’ll be five other people who’ve popped in.”

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