Hundreth birthday celebrations for former bus driver

Resident of Lakenheath Village Home, Leonard Deveney, turned 100 today. ''Pictured: Leonard Deveney with Grandchildren Louise and John Daveney
Resident of Lakenheath Village Home, Leonard Deveney, turned 100 today. ''Pictured: Leonard Deveney with Grandchildren Louise and John Daveney

FORMER London bus driver Leonard Deveney has celebrated his 100th birthday in Lakenheath.

Leonard, who lives at Lakenheath Village Home, was born in Edmonton, North London.

He was always interested in cars and mechanics and co-owned a car servicing business with his brother-in-law before he passed his advanced driving test and became a London bus driver.

Leonard’s son Peter said his father loved this job, particularly chatting with the conductor and passengers.

This was clear when in 1975 Leonard married his second wife, Elizabeth, a London bus conductor.

Leonard and Elizabeth retired to Lakenheath, where they enjoyed dancing and taking trips to the country.

Leonard has two sons and three grandchildren from his first marriage.

He celebrated his birthday with a party attended by his family and friends.

Leonard said: “I had a really nice day and was particularly glad to get a card from the Queen.

“I also enjoyed the music and seeing my family.”