Fred, 105, becomes honorary president of Brixham Lottery

president of Brixham Royal British Legion, Paul Addison, with Fred Bates and MP Anthony Magnall

From left, president of Brixham Royal British Legion, Cllr. Paul Addison, with Fred Bates and MP Anthony Magnall in front of his 105th birthday cake specially made and gifted by Trinity Cakes of Fore Street - Credit: Lynne Peets

A Brixham man who recently celebrated his 105th birthday has become honorary president of the Brixham Lottery. 

Second World War veteran Fred Bates said: "I received hundreds of birthday cards on my 105th. If only they all had bought me a Brixham Lottery Card! Given we only sell a few hundred at a time my chances would have been great!"

Fred Bates, seated, is helped to distribute the birthday cake to 50 people on his 105th birthday.

Fred Bates, seated, being helped to distribute the birthday cake to 50 people present at Scala Hall Brixham on his 105th birthday. - Credit: Lynne Peets

John Brennan, chair of Brixham Future CIC, which administers Brixham Lottery, said: "Fred has always been a great supporter of the Brixham Lottery.

"He knows the small sums of money raised do a great deal of good for the community.

"Among the many projects and events it helped deliver have been wall murals, national celebrations such as D-Day , social events, exhibitions and displays etc all deliver free for the general public."

Fred said: "Brixham Lottery has delivered such wonderful prizes including a Spitfire flight, a week's luxury cruise for two people, an electric bike or cash prizes etc. The latest is an even more amazing prize – lifetime membership of the National Trust or cash prize!

"With National Trust membership there are more than 500 special places to visit with gardens, castles and magnificent homes to visit. Now that is a prize worth winning!"

Fred Bates' 105th birthday cake specially made and gifted by Trinity Cakes of Fore Street

Fred Bates' 105th birthday cake specially made and gifted by Trinity Cakes of Fore Street - Credit: Lynne Peets

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Fred, born on July 26, 1916, served within the famous Eighth Army. After the famous British victory at the battle of El Alamein, he was part of General Montgomery's tactical headquarters and the subsequent  Operation Crusader to clear North Africa of German and Italian troops.

Fred ended his service in Germany in 1946 and returned to his old job in the General Post Office where he remained until retiring.

Fred moved to Brixham in 1994 and lives with his son John Bates in King Street.

He is an active member of the Royal British Legion. Until recently never he missed a parade for Remembrance Day in Brixham.