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Bill Bellerby celebrates turning 100

One of the great figures in the history of Guildford celebrated turning 100 this month at a party thrown by Guildford Labour Party at the Waterside Centre on Sunday 26 March.

Bill Bellerby MBE was born on 13 March 1917 in South Wales but after moving to Guildford in 1948 was a much-loved borough councillor in Stoke for 43 years and Mayor from 1972 to 1974.

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Bill enjoyed a birthday party with friends and local Labour Party supporters at which the special guest was Emily Thornbury, Shadow Foreign Secretary, who expressed her gratitude for the support Bill had provided for her family when growing up in Guildford.

Birthday speeches were also given by Angela Gunning, who succeeded Bill as a borough councillor for Stoke Ward, Keith Chesterton, who recalled their time on the Executive Committee of Guildford Labour Party, and Joe Bullock, formerly County Councillor for Guildford West.

Bill took the microphone and recalled his youth before thanking the organisers of the party and enjoying a slice of the cake marking his centenary.

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