CLIFF Sexton will not just be the guest of honour at his 100th birthday celebration, he will also be the guest performer.
The Kallaroo resident will mark the occasion two days early on October 2 surrounded by 140 family, friends and fellow St Ives Northshore residents.
Despite being legally blind, he plans to entertain guests with a few favourites on his violin.
His son Daryl said the instrument was a gift from Mr Sexton’s parents 90 years ago.
“He took lessons from the nuns at a convent in Highgate…(and) then learnt from a symphony player with excellent results, passing examinations held for a London school of music,” he said.
“He was always delighted to play for the pleasure of family members and friends alike.
“The violin is always lovingly wrapped in a silk cloth brought back from France by his father at the end of the Great War.”
Mr Sexton these days still enjoys a busy social life and is part of the village’s entertainers and choir group, which rehearses weekly and performs monthly.
Daryl said his father still lived independently and was much loved by many, including his two children, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.