Yattendon man celebrates a century - and in the very same house he was raised
Cyril Simmons turned 100 on Monday, and celebrated the milestone birthday over two days in the very same house that he grew up in – and the only house in which he has ever lived.
In total, more than 25 people turned out to mark the occasion with him, including his nephew Alec Jenkins, Mr Jenkins’ daughter Vicki and her son Joseph, making four generations, as well as plenty of neighbours, lifelong friends, and even the local postman, Steve, and Robin the gardener.
Mr Simmons began his working life on his father’s mixed arable and dairy farm, using heavy horses before tractors, and would often be found thatching on the farm to protect hay from the elements until it was required to be used.
After the farm closed, he went on to work for Yattendon Estates.
Mr Jenkins, said: “I and my brothers and sister grew up on the farm. At that time he was not our uncle. He later married my mother’s sister. When his father sold up he worked Yattendon Estates.
“Cyril is just a very nice man and so is very popular.
“Cyril likes to see his friends, neighbours and family so he had a great time, as did we.
“And not only is my uncle 100-years-old, but he has lived at the same address for 100 years.”
He added that Mr Simmons particularly enjoyed receiving his birthday card from the Queen.