A HUGE party was held to celebrate Wilfred Harris turning 100.

Surrounded by family and friends at Greystone house in Carlisle, Wilf was treated to a special party.

Dozens gathered in the balloon-filled room to wish him a happy birthday.

At the celebration they had a singer performing songs from his younger days and lots of food and cake were on offer.

Mr Harris grew up in Longsowerby, Carlisle. Wilf lived in this area his entire life moving to the street his wife grew up on after they married.

For more than 60 years they were married and they had three children, plus two grandchildren. The pair were together until 2010 when she passed away.

During his lifetime, the 100-year-old led a jam-packed life, working for Cowans Sheldon and Co Cranemakers, raising a family, and serving time in the RAF.

He spent time in the RAF involved training as a navigator towards the end of the World War Two and built submarines in Barrow-in-Furness.

Mr Harris had a love for his garden and spent his free time making models.

Speaking at a special 100th birthday party, attended by friends and family at his son Martyn Harris and daughter Babara Grice explained how they had an amazing childhood Mrs Grice said: “Our dad was dedicated and worked hard he lived in Carlisle all his life, He walked everywhere and never smoked.

“My dad was born in Carlisle and lived here all his life, this is the second time he has had a card from the Queen, my parents got one for their 60th wedding anniversary.

“My dad has always been a quiet man, who liked dogs and making models.

“He had a passion for aeroplanes after serving in the RAF.”

His son Martyn said: “We had a good family bond we always try to spend special occasions together.

“Christmas was special mum always made it that way and we always tried to come together.

“To a lot of people our life was boring and uneventful but, it was happy there was nothing out of the ordinary we had no great scandals it was great.”

Mrs Grice added: “It’s an amazing achievement to get to 100, he hardly ever drank just the odd drop of whisky, he never smoked, he loved to walk everywhere and he rode his bike until he was about 70.

Mr Harriss’s mother had been one of the founders of the pentecostal church which is now St Paul’s and she signed a pledge not to drink alcohol so in his early life there was no alcohol at all.

Wilf survives his wife and his brother and sisters who had been very close as youngsters.

Daughter, Carolynn Davies, said: “It’s nice to be here and help celebrate.”