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Holywell man turns 100 and seeks to be oldest in town

Published date: 24 February 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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CELEBRATIONS have been held to mark a great-grandfather’s 100th birthday.

Carson Ellis marked his milestone with friends, family and staff at Morffa Newydd Care Home in Greenfield, Holywell, where he has lived for the past year.

Deputy Mayor of Flint Cllr Paul Cunningham joined in the festivities and the Drew singers came along to lead residents in a musical hall sing-song.

Jennifer Davies, Mr Ellis’ daughter, said her father had a very happy life, had never been ill and was “determined to be the oldest man in Flint”.

“The only reason he’s in a home now is because one very windy day he got blown over,” she said.

“The only other time he was in hospital was when he was knocked over by an ambulance and damaged his pelvis. He’s like a cat with nine lives.”

Born on February 18 in 1914, Mr Ellis grew up as part of a large family in Flint, where he was a bell-ringer and chorister at Flint Parish Church.

After marrying Margaret Eluned Thomas, he spent the war in India and Burma, serving in the Royal Welch Fusiliers before returning to his home town in 1946.

The young couple spent a few years in one of the new post war prefabricated homes on the Arcon Estate before moving with their growing family to Cornist.

As well as his daughter, Mr Ellis was father to two boys – the late David and Richard.

Following a short spell at Courtaulds, Mr Ellis was one of the first employees at Connah’s Quay Power Station.

This was a job he loved, his daughter said, and he remained there until he was 65.

Carson and Margaret Ellis spent most of their married life in Cornist, but later in life moved to Cilfan.

After the death of his wife in 1980, Mr Ellis moved to Abbeyfield House in Mold where he stayed very happily until last year.

A keen singer, Mr Ellis is a visitor to the Flintshire Sounds Singing Group in Holywell.

He enjoys weekly bingo and other entertainment sessions as well as keeping tabs on his three grandchildren and his six great-grandchildren.

“They’re all local and they all like visiting him regularly,” said Mrs Davies.

She added: “He can be a misery guts, but you don’t get to live to be 100 without having some fight.”

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