Morris ride sees Chichester man celebrate his birthday in style

Arthur Williams is greeted by the mayor, family and friends. C111915-2
Arthur Williams is greeted by the mayor, family and friends. C111915-2

CHICHESTER’S Arthur Williams celebrated his 100th birthday in grand style harking back to his days in the motor industry.

Having received his birthday card from the Queen, Arthur was picked up in a 1954 Morris Minor.

This was then driven to George Bell House for a celebration lunch with his family and friends and the Mayor of Chichester, Tony French, and the actress and Chichester resident Patricia Routledge.

His nephew, the Rev David Nason, said: “Arthur had a particular interest in the Morris Minor because he had always worked in the motor industry.

“He consulted with Alec Issigonis on the original design of the car as he was responsible for designing the tooling that would enable the vehicle to be mass produced.”

Arthur said: “I had a wonderful day and was touched by the kindness and generosity of all my family and my new friends in Chichester where I have lived for the past three-and-a half years.”