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Sidcup veteran turns 100 at celebration with mayor of Bexley

PUBLISHED: 10:42 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 02 November 2017

Mayor of Bexley Peter Reader, 100-year-old Stanley Pape with his card from the Queen and Eithne Rynne, chief executive of the KAB (Kent Association for the Blind). Photo credit: Derek Hope

Mayor of Bexley Peter Reader, 100-year-old Stanley Pape with his card from the Queen and Eithne Rynne, chief executive of the KAB (Kent Association for the Blind). Photo credit: Derek Hope

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A birthday celebration was held last week

An RAF veteran celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family and the mayor of Bexley last week.

Stanley Pape, from Sidcup, became a centenarian on Tuesday, October 26, and celebrated the following day.

The former environmental health officer lost his sight following the death of his wife Ada in 1996.

In order to be closer to his family, Mr Pape moved from his Letchworth home to Sidcup.

He now has two grand children six great grand children.

The mayor of Bexley, Peter Reader joined in the birthday celebrations at Kent Association for the Blind’s Sidcup VIP Club in Emmanuel Church Hall.

Two more celebrations were held at the sheltered accommodation where the great grandfather lives and another for family and friends at Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Speaking after the event, Mr Pape said: “My friends and family mean so much to me, as do my friends in Probus, the Kent Association for the Blind, UK Blind Veterans and Holy Trinity Church Lamorbey.

“I was so taken back by the events that I needed a lie down to get over the fun and attention.”

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