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Daniel's 103rd Birthday

Last updated: 5.11pm, Tuesday 21st August 2018 by

Daniel Rosewell, a highly-decorated former Royal Engineer, celebrated his 103rd birthday at our home recently.

Daniel's milestone birthday was also announced by actor, singer and broadcaster Michael Ball on his show to kick off a day of celebrations for our centenarian.

We went on to celebrate his birthday in style with Daniel's family, friends, fellow residents and our staff at a party in Ty Llandaff. Starting with a buffet reception, followed by music from local acts, dancing and, of course, a birthday cake.

Musician Nick Russell entertained guests with guitar playing and singing with residents and staff dancing along. Nick was followed by a jam session from the local duo the Double Liners.

In his younger years, Daniel received five medals for his service during the Second World War including the Defence Medal, Italy Star, Africa Star, the 1939-45 Star and 1939-45 Medal. He was in service throughout the whole of the war, seeing action against the Germans and Italians in Africa and Europe, before returning home in 1945. He married Betty in 1939 and the couple had three children.

On leaving the Army, Daniel continued to work in engineering before moving into the furniture removals industry.

Our Home Manager, Janice Evans said: "We are so pleased to help Daniel celebrate his 103rd birthday in style. He is great fun and brings a smile to all of the team's faces here, every day. The party went really well and everyone seemed to have a good time. He didn't stop smiling!"

"Having his birthday announced live on Radio 2 was just the icing on the cake for Daniel. It was the idea of our Head Chef - Barry White - to ask for the mention and Michael Ball did Daniel proud! He just couldn't believe his ears when he heard his name. It really made the day extra special."

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