Thirlmere resident’s monumental milestone a big surprise

Ken Attfield and his daughters Roslyn and Josina. Picture: Chris Lane
Ken Attfield and his daughters Roslyn and Josina. Picture: Chris Lane

Ken Attfield’s 100th birthday was an affair to remember.

The Taara Gardens, Thirlmere resident celebrated the monumental milestone surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, December 1.

Mr Attfield said he was delighted by the event but was “surprised” to have reached a century of life.

He grew up in England and served in the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator mechanic before moving to Australia with his wife Ruth in 1960.

“I had two narrow scrapes during the war,” he said.

“For one of them, a person asked me to swap night shift with them and that night a German plane dropped bombs on the camp and everyone was killed.

“I had some very lucky escapes.”

Mr Attfield said he had two wonderful daughters, Roslyn and Josina, along with five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Good times: Ken Attfield on his 100th birthday. Picture: Chris Lane

Good times: Ken Attfield on his 100th birthday. Picture: Chris Lane

He enjoys making artwork and said many relatives had his work displayed in their homes.

“I used to draw with coloured pencil but now that my hands don’t work as well I use protractors and pencils to create abstract art,” Mr Attfield said.

Mr Attfield said he didn’t know the secret to reaching 100 years of age.

“I don’t feel any different to how I did before I turned 100 to be honest,” he said.

“I just try and take each day as it comes.”