Second World War veteran asks for belly dancer to celebrate his 100th birthday

July 02 2021
Second World War veteran asks for belly dancer to celebrate his 100th birthday

WHEN Peter Ching reached his 100th birthday he was in no doubt about how he wanted to celebrate.

The Second World War veteran asked for a repeat performance from a belly dancer who had previously appeared at his home, Grace Care Centre in Thornbury.

Staff at the care home, run by the Orders of St John Care Trust, asked Peter in the weeks leading up to his big day in June to make sure he had a birthday weekend to remember, and said it was his "emphatic wish" to see the belly dancer again at his party, which also included an indoor barbecue with his friends and fellow residents.

Peter, who served with the RAF in Burma before working as a sales rep for Bovril, has lived in Thornbury for over 40 years.

He said the weekend had been "absolutely marvellous", adding: "What a special lot they are here to put all of this together for me."

Asked if there was any secret to his longevity, Peter said: "Well, it’s just luck, isn’t it? Just got to keep going!"

Peter with his service medals from the Second World War, including the Burma Star

A spokesperson for the trust said: "Peter is very popular with everyone at Grace Care Centre, and residents and team members planned ahead to make the weekend special.

"One of the other residents, Tony, has a passion for baking and he helped head chef Raz to bake the 100th birthday cake.

"The team also decorated the café and dining areas especially for the party, and wore 1940s attire on the day to mark one of Peter’s favourite eras." 

Peter also got to visit some of his family and friends locally at a private party.