Austen Bath is 100
Austen Bath celebrated his 100th birthday quietly at the weekend with his son and daughter-in-law at their home in Seatown. He plans to hold a bigger party at his home in Peeler’s Court when the pandemic restrictions allow.
Austen is a proud Cornishman having been born in the small village of Sticker near St Austell on 18 April 1921. He served in the RAF during the war, married Jean McOnie and set up home in Cornwall as the assistant administrator of the local poor law institute. Following a time at the hospital in York they moved to Bridport where he was the Hospital Administrator for the Bridport General hospital in Park Road, the old isolation hospital in North Allington (now the site of the Community Hospital), Allington Court outpatients and Port Bredy hospital at the top of Barrack Street. He joined the local Rotary Club and became President in 1982, he is a Paul Harris Fellow and an Honorary member of the Bridport Rotary Club.
He was a keen member of the Golf club, sang bass in the congregational church choir and also took part in a number of productions of the Bridport Amateur Operatic Society.
In addition to his card from HM The Queen and amongst his many other cards and gifts were 100 Narcissi from St Martin’s in the Isles of Scilly where his mother was raised, a celebration cognac from the twin Rotary Club of Jarnac in France, a painting of Charlestown by his daughter-in-law Chris, where he spent many happy times as a boy, plus a copy of the Times for his birthdate and also when he turned 21.
He looks forward to the time when he can celebrate with his two granddaughters Louisa and Gemma and his three great grandsons.
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