Bill March was joined by his friends and fellow residents for a tea party, organised by staff at the home. The lounge was decorated especially and the home’s kitchen team pulled out all the stops to prepare a buffet and a delicious homemade cake.
The Mayor of Dorchester, Councillor Robin Potter, also visited the home to wish Bill many happy returns. The day was made extra special by a surprise Skype session with Bill’s daughter, who lives in America, which staff organised for Bill.
Bill was born at Salisbury Barracks on 30th August 1910, where his father was serving in the army. After leaving school at 15 years old, he worked as an Under Butler and later worked as a car mechanic and engineer. Bill has seen a great deal of change in the last century, including two world wars, the discovery of penicillin, the first man on the moon and the rise of the digital age. Four different monarchs have ruled the country during his lifetime.
Clare Baker Home Manager at Care South’s Maiden Castle House, said: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate Bill’s birthday with him. It was great to be able to surprise him with a Skype call with his daughter and he was very pleased with his visit from the Mayor of Dorchester! At Care South, we work hard to make sure that residents’ birthdays are really special for them. It’s amazing to think how much Bill has seen throughout his lifetime.”