Centenary for Uckfeild war hero

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There has been plenty to celebrate recently at Manor Gardens Care Home at Herons Ghyll.

Resident Bill Wyatt has enjoyed his 100th birthday party and the home has passed its first Care Quality Commission unannounced inspection in three years with flying colours.

Bill Wyatt is a former England hockey player and team photos displayed in his room attract a lot of interest.

They begin with one from his time at Cambridge – where he read economics and law – and include two of the England squad in 1934 and 1937.

Mr Wyatt was a tank commander during World War II.

He was taken prisoner by the Germans after his tank was destroyed and spent the rest of the war in captivity in Italy.

Among his medals is the Military Cross marked with his name Lieutenant C.E.N. Wyatt, and the date 1945.

The medal was awarded for entering a burning tank to save the life of his driver.

Mr Wyatt is a father-of-five, one daughter being the actress Tessa Wyatt, who has appeared in many TV roles including Man About the House and Robin’s Nest.

He spent his working life in finance and his role took him around Europe and to America.

He was a keen gardener and now enjoys regular walks in the beautiful grounds of Manor Gardens.

He enjoyed his birthday party too, where he danced to the music and was treated to a birthday cake made by chef Gloria Satterfield to look like a hockey pitch.

Manager Fiona White, who joined the home in November, has put in a lot of hard work to make sure the home is fully compliant.

She was delighted with the CQC report following the inspection and is looking forward to it being online for everyone to see in the next few weeks.

Mrs White said: “This is a fabulous home, but we need to keep building on our successes and this confirms that everybody’s hard work is paying off.”

Staff celebrated with a night out.