Newport great-grandad celebrates his 100th birthday

A NEWPORT great-grandfather celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends.

Cedric Cockram, who was born on March 27, 1914, was joined by family, including his two children Janice and Roger, at his party at the Parc-y-Prior pub, Newport.

His son Roger said his father is still active.

He said: “When he was 88 he decided to go to see his sister in Canada and he went off by himself. We weren’t really encouraging him.”

Special guests included his sister Monica and her daughter Pam, who flew in from Canada to enjoy the do.

Mr Cockram was born in Weston-Super-Mare and moved to Newport when he was 21 to work as a dental technician.

During the Second World War, he worked at Girlings in Cwmbran.

He moved with his wife Clarice in June 1948 to Malpas until 1998, when Mrs Cockram became ill with dementia.

He is a regular visitor to the Parklands Day Centre and has five grandchildren, Susan, Julia, David, Edward and Louise, and great-grandchildren Steven and Gabrielle.

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