Added on: 27th October, 2017 by Derek Hope - Kent Photonews
A member of the KAB Sidcup VIP Club for the visually impaired celebrated 100 years of age on 25th October. Stanley Pape, a Sidcup resident, served in the RAF during the war. He retired from his work as an environmental health officer in 1985.
Following the death of his wife Ada in 1996, Stanley lost his sight and he later moved from his home in Letchworth to be nearer to his family in Sidcup. He has two grand children and six great grand children.
He said:” My friends and family mean so much to me as do my friends in Probus, the Kent Association for the Blind, UK Blind Veterans and Holy Trinity Church Lamorbey”.
A birthday celebration was held on October 26th at KAB Sidcup VIP Club for the visually impaired. There was a surprise visit from the Mayor Cll. Peter Reader and the Mayoress Irene. Also at the celebration was Eithne Rynne Chief Executive of the KAB (Kent Association for the Blind). Another celebration was at the sheltered accommodation where Stanley lives and another for family and friends at Holy Trinity Church Hall.Stanley said afterwards:” I was so taken aback by the events that I needed a lie down to get over the fun and attention”.
Stanley is seen in the picture with Chairman of the club John Bilke, Bexley’s Mayor, Councillor Peter Reader and the Mayoress (Irene Reader) who presented gifts, Mark Gately (Volunteer) and Jim Chambers (Club Treasurer).
Left to right :- Mayor of Bexley Cll. Peter Reader, Stanley and Eithne Rynne Chief Executive of the KAB (Kent Association for the Blind)
With balloons Left to right :- Stanley is seen with 3 members of Sidcup Rotary Club who regularly help out at meetings :- John Bilke who is the club chairman, Mark Gately who regularly volunteers and Malcolm (Jim) Chambers who is club treasurer. Malcolm’s wife Penny is club secretary and together with her team of volunteers organises events for the members.
Also at the party was Stan's son Eric and his wife Joan.
Stanley with granddaughters Caroline and Victoria and his six grandchildren
Pictures by Derek Hope