World War II veteran celebrates 100 years
CELEBRATING 100 years of life, Bill Owers was joined by dozens of friends and well-wishers at the Coffs Hotel today to commemorate the World War II vet's big milestone.
From Newcastle to Cairns, people traveled from far and wide to help Bill see in his 100th birthday.
Coffs Hotel licensee , Marty Phillips went all out for his close mate Bill with live entertainment provided by Big Boogie Band as well as a huge birthday cake littered with candles.
Described as by Marty as a 'man of few words', Bill kept his thanks short and sweet.
Bill's best mate Alf Carpenter, 98, then said a few words about his 'wonderful mate' Bill, regaled the crowd with memories of serving in WWII together.
Letters of congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II and Australian Governor General, Peter Cosgrove, were also read out.
Before tucking into some cake, Bill and Alf were serenaded by the Big Boogie Band's Christine Simpson who belted out Shirley Bassey's classic hit, 'Hey Big Spender'.
Coffs Hotel staff member, Donna Boyns, was overwhelmed at the strong turn out by family, friends and well-wishers.
"It's just awesome, there's 90 years difference between my babies and him," she said.