100-year-old Welwyn Garden City man soaks up birthday celebrations
PUBLISHED: 11:20 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 21 February 2017
A "loving, loyal and unique" Welwyn Garden City man has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Charles Lambert reached the milestone on Saturday and was joined by around 50 friends and family at Hyde Valley House in Woodhall.
The father-of-five, who worked at Welwyn Bakery and Avdel UK, lived in Boundary Lane for 60 years before moving into the care home last November.
His daughter Diane Hazell, 58, said: “He’s such a lovely character and is always cheerful, has got all his faculties, knows what he wants and is brilliant really.
“He might just start singing – coming out with anything – but it’s always old music like Doris Day.
“He’s never really miserable and that’s probably what’s kept him going.”
Visitors enjoyed a buffet and live entertainment, while Mr Lambert soaked up the atmosphere and opened a telegram from the Queen.
He has eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and moved to WGC a few years after marrying his late wife Margaret in 1951.
Diane, a mobile hairdresser, said spending time with her dad on his vegetable plot was a defining childhood memory.
“My dad was always decorating and seemed to be putting new wall paper up,” the mother-of-four added. “I think he just liked decorating, he was very good at it.
“He has a go at doing these things, and had a go at making his own beer once.
“He only did it the once, but he had a go.”
Born in Kentish Town, London, Mr Lambert was one of 11 siblings, and Diane said he used to enjoy a whiskey while socialising in The Hollybush pub.
The 100-year-old also liked a game of darts and was fond of snooker – his favourite players being Steve Davis and Jimmy White.
Care team manager Stacey Radley said: “He’s lovely and has a great personality, is always making us laugh, and is a charmer that can never say a bad word about anyone.”