Man celebrates turning 100 today with a party in Cwmbran

A man in Cwmbran is celebrating his 100th birthday.

Richard Nash who was born on November 29, 1922 in New Tredegar to a mining family, woke up yesterday morning to an abundance of birthday cards and wishes.

Mr Nash, a former Labour councillor, received a personalised letter from Mark Drakeford, leader of the Welsh Labour party.

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Mr Nash’s personalised letter from Mark Drakeford. Picture: Sandra Prail

Among the long list of birthday wishes was a letter from St Dingat’s Church in New Tredegar where Mr Nash and Ruby, his late wife, got married.

His daughter Sandra Prail said: “It’s an amazing achievement, he’s as bright as a button and he remembered everyone who sent him cards or wished him well.

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Mr Nash surrounded by his birthday cards. Picture: Sandra Prail

“My dad is as cheerful as you imagine and he’s cracking jokes.

“He said I’ve done four lots of 25s.

“He is very much a Labour man who is defined by his socialist beliefs.

“Ruth Jones, MP for Newport West came and saw him yesterday.”

South Wales Argus: Mr Nash with MP Ruth Jones and his daughter Sandra Prail. Picture: Sandra PrailMr Nash with MP Ruth Jones and his daughter Sandra Prail. Picture: Sandra Prail (Image: Sandra Prail)

Mr Nash with MP Ruth Jones and his daughter Sandra Prail. Picture: Sandra Prail

Mr Nash’s family and friends celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at the Thomas Gabrielle EMI Residential Home in Old Cwmbran.

Mr Nash, a father to four, moved into the home earlier this year in March.

The former labour council left school at 14 and worked at Elliot Colliery as a carpenter to help his family financially.

Ms Prail said: “He is from a very poor background; he left school at 14 because otherwise his family would have lost the house.

“He left Elliot in 1966 when it closed and became a civil defence instructor.

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Birthday smiles from the birthday boy. Picture: Sandra Prail

“He was a union representative, a councillor in Bargoed and was a rescuer at the Aberfan Disaster.

“He has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.”

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