Double celebration for 100-year-old Morecambe Covid survivor

A man celebrated his 100th birthday twice after Covid restrictions prevented him celebrating with his family the first time.

By Michelle Blade
Wednesday, 16th February 2022, 1:54 pm

Bill Ford, a resident at Arnside Lodge in Morecambe, celebrated his 100th birthday twice.

On his actual birthday on January 12 his care home was in lockdown so his family had to celebrate his party from outside a window with support from carers.

Originally from Manchester, Bill moved to Morecambe.

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Bill Ford on January 12 celebrating his 100th birthday without family due to Covid restrictions.

He worked as a draughtsman for most of his career and in his spare time loved to dance especially with his wife Marjorie.

Despite being seriously ill in May 2020 with Covid he pulled through attributing his recovery and longevity to a love of horse racing, bingo and Werther's toffees!

Bill received a card from the Queen and, just like the Queen, Bill had a second birthday on January 31, this time indoors with all his family including great-grandchildren Amelia and Chloe surrounding him.

The staff at Arnside Lodge provided a splendid buffet with background music provided by Alexa for everyone to enjoy.

Bill Ford surrounded by his family as he celebrated his 100th birthday for the second time.

Bill said: "I think I'll have two birthdays every year from now on!"