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Armed Forces Day is icing on the cake for 100 year old veteran
Tuesday 11th July 2017 @ 11:32 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge Tameside

A bakery student from Tameside College has given a special gift to a war veteran from Stalybridge.

Sabha Qamar created a surprise birthday cake for George Watkins ahead of this year’s Armed Forces Day.

George, who served in the British army in Africa and Italy, was surprised with the cake presentation from Councillor Frank Travis.

Sabha created the design for the cake in icing from the motif from George’s regiment.

George, who celebrated his 100th birthday back in April, was also treated to a special celebration meal in the college’s Reflections restaurant and received a congratulation letter from Dame Vera Lynn.

David Brown, Tameside Armed Services Community coordinator, said: “On behalf of TASC I would like to thank Sabha and Tameside College for all the help they have given us and hard work they have put in to make George’s birthday and Armed Forces Day special. The cake was so good that he didn’t want to cut it!”

Lorna Jones, curriculum leader for food studies, said: “We hope that George really enjoyed his surprise cake as much as we enjoyed making it for him. All the students involved, especially Sabha, have worked so hard and to see it finished and being given to George makes us very proud. Happy birthday to him.”