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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.

Joining the celebration are from LtoR, Lord David Cholmondeley, Darcey Jordan, Treza Loake, Sylvia Hadley (daughter), John Paige, Norman Rayner, David Holmes. MLNF-21PM07149
Joining the celebration are from LtoR, Lord David Cholmondeley, Darcey Jordan, Treza Loake, Sylvia Hadley (daughter), John Paige, Norman Rayner, David Holmes. MLNF-21PM07149
100th Birthday Celebration at The Crown East Rudham, for Norman Rayner, who was born at Houghton Hall. Sylvia Hadley (daughter) with Norman. MLNF-21PM07151
100th Birthday Celebration at The Crown East Rudham, for Norman Rayner, who was born at Houghton Hall. Sylvia Hadley (daughter) with Norman. MLNF-21PM07151
100th Birthday Celebration at The Crown East Rudham, for Norman Rayner, who was born at Houghton Hall. MLNF-21PM07154
100th Birthday Celebration at The Crown East Rudham, for Norman Rayner, who was born at Houghton Hall. MLNF-21PM07154

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.



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