LIKE an Ashes cricketer making his ton, Harry Woods celebrated his one 100th birthday in style over the weekend.
The keen sportsman and Inverloch Domain Seahaven resident marked the milestone with an afternoon tea celebration on Saturday with family, friends and staff of the facility.
Mr Woods’ son Max, two grandsons and four great grandchildren helped mark the occasion.
Last week, he looked back on a life which began way back in England in 1914.
“I couldn’t do any more than what I have done, I think it’s been an achievement. I owe a lot to my son Max, daughter-in-law Pat and the family,” Mr Woods said last week.
Mr Woods emigrated from the United Kingdom to Australia as a young child before settling in Greensborough.
During the tumultuous war, Mr Woods served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from 1942-46.
Working mainly in safety equipment and extensively with parachutes, he was stationed at Darwin and was deployed to help with Australia’s defence in Borneo.
Post-WWII, he returned to Melbourne and became a carpenter with AV Jennings for a decade between 1946 and 1956.
His work included building the Olympic Village for Melbourne’s 1956 Olympic Games.
Mr Woods was then reinstated back into the RAAF in 1957 until his retirement from the Defence Force in 1969.
After retirement, he then took up dancing – a hobby he continued until he hit 90.
“The secret to getting to 100 is good living,” he said.
“I did a bit of ballroom dancing and new vogue dancing – I lost count on how many years I did that.”
Mr Woods lived in Greensborough and Brighton before moving to Venus Bay with his family just under five years ago. He has spent the last two years in Seahaven.
He has been an ardent Collingwood supporter all his life, even before he used to sell football records at Collingwood’s Victoria Park as a young child.
Mr Woods regularly watches football and cricket and says he relished watching the Aussies’ Ashes triumph over the homeland this summer.