Rhuddlan man celebrates 100th birthday


Jamie Nield-Siddall

A RHUDDLAN man has celebrated his 100th birthday - 23 years after appearing on the front page of The Journal.

Family members travelled from Canada and China to mark Archie Cooledge’s milestone birthday.

Around 90 people attended a party at The King’s Head pub in the village and Mr Cooledge received 136 birthday cards.

His son Rob, who travelled from Canada for the occasion, described his father as ‘very well and independent’.

“My dad is well known in the area and a lot of friends and family came to the party,” he said.

“People will know him for his tireless charity work where he sold raffle tickets for St Kentigern Hospice.”

Mr Cooledge, of Rhuddlan High Street, made the headlines in 1990 after being the victim of a prank when friends and neighbours boarded his front door up while he was away in Canada.

“It seems strange to be back in The Journal,” said Mr Cooledge.

“I remember the story very well - it is up on the wall as a constant reminder.”

After spending three months in Canada, Mr Cooledge returned to his home to find his house bricked up, his front door boarded up and a sign saying that the property had been condemned.

Mr Cooledge, who has won community awards down the years for his dedication to charity work, has lived in Rhuddlan since 1939.

He has three children Rob, Douglas and Sheila and his wife Angus, known as Nancy, passed away at the age of 68 in 1979.

He ran his own business in the village, Cooledge’s Shoe Repair Shop, before working for Pilkington Special Glass Ltd in St Asaph for more than 20 years.

He was also a voluntary firefighter in Rhuddlan.

Rhuddlan county councillor, Arwel Roberts , said: “All the residents of
Rhuddlan are so proud of Mr Cooledge.”

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