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Ex-editor turns 105 and celebrates great-grandchild’s birth on same day

Tony Pyatt 1A former regional daily editor has celebrated his 105th birthday and the birth of his 16th great-grandchild on the same day.

Tony Pyatt has marked the double celebration with his family at the care home where he now lives.

Tony, pictured, edited the Ipswich Evening Star between 1965 and his retirement in 1978.

A Second World War veteran, he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Légion d’Honneur for helping to liberate France.

His granddaughter Vikki Pyatt told the Star: “After a long separation due to the pandemic, we were so fortunate to be able to get together to hold a close family celebration for Tony’s 105th birthday along with a small representation from the Royal Tank Regiment.

“We celebrated in the gardens of Grove Court Care Home in Woodbridge.

“Tony’s daughter managed to travel from Norway for the first time since 2019 and two of Tony’s 13 grandchildren were able to attend.

“To add to the celebrations his 16th great-grandchild was born in the early hours of his birthday.”