Celebration in East Rudham for centenarian born at Houghton Hall
Norman Rayner celebrated his 100th birthday at The Crown, East Rudham and thinking he was being taken for a quiet drink with his friend David Holmes ... only to be was surprised by his daughter Sylvia Hadley who had arranged friends and family to attend.
Lord Cholmondeley, whose ancestral home is Houghton Hall, where Norman's father was a maintenance manager and where Norman was born, also attended to mark this milestone birthday and celebrate their connection.
Born in 1921, Norman joined the RAF in 1939 and served throughout World War II. He was a qualified engineer who worked on Lancaster bombers.
David Holmes and Sylvia Hadley planned the surprise drinks celebration and David said:"It is important to put the search light on Norman."
Among the cards that Norman was given was one from the Queen congratulating on his century.