FRIENDS and family gathered at the Lake Cathie Bowling Club recently to celebrate the 100th birthday of well known former Lithgow bowler Percy Ellery, formerly of Laurence Street.
Percy moved to Lake Cathie in August 2009 with his daughter Lynne and son in Law Phil Eather after spending the first 97 years of his life in Lithgow.
Percy was born in 1912 at home in Bent Street.
In 1936 Percy married the love of his life Esme Davis and raised his family, Donald Ellery and Lynne Ellery (now Eather) in the family home in Laurence Street.
Percy worked in the State Mine and at the Wallerawang Power station before he retired in 1977.
Percy was a keen and well known bowler during his years in Lithgow, being a member of the Lithgow Bowling Club and a life member of the Lithgow Workmens Club.
These days Percy enjoys the warmer weather of Lake Cathie, spending time in his vegetable garden and reading all the cowboy books he can from the Port Macquarie libraries.
Percy has a full driver’s licence and drives himself around the local area.
More than 60 guests travelled from Tamworth, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sydney, Lithgow, Cobar and Newcastle.
A highlight of the night for Percy was a slide show and photo book made for Percy by his grand daughter Kylie Pack (nee Eather).
Percy has great delight in spending time with his family, Phil and Lynne Eather, daughter in law Lynne Ellery, his three grand daughters Cheryn Appleton, Kylie Pack and Leanne Eather and six great grandchildren.