GREAT grandfather Walter Siddall will be celebrating his 100th birthday today (Friday).
A life-long resident of the Midlands, the centenarian spent 45 years working for the Halford Cycle Company.
Born in Ladywood in 1909, he went to school at King Edwards’ Five Ways.
After finishing his studies, Walter had ambitions to join the legal profession and started work at a local solicitors.
But he would end up applying for a job with Halford - the cycle company which had started life as a Birmingham ironmongers.
Beginning as a junior clerk, he worked his way up the ladder and was made chairman shortly before his retirement in 1974.
Away from the workplace, Walter has lived in the Knowle/Dorridge area for over 50 years.
A keen bridge-player, he founded the Dorridge Bridge Club and current members still play for the Walter Siddall Cup
He has been married twice and has one son, Peter, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Many old acquaintances will today be gathering at Jobs Close Residential Home to help wish Walter “Many Happy Returns”.
“Family, friends and hopefully a few former colleagues will be popping in throughout the day,” said Simon.