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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Garston community stalwart and lifelong resident celebrates milestone

 Published on: 2nd May 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Garston resident and former chair of Meriden Residents’ Association (MRA) celebrated his 95th birthday last month.

Peter Sweeting, who marked the milestone on Saturday, April 27, has lived in Garston all his life and was chair of MRA for 15 years. A pillar of the community, he was recognised with the Good Neighbour Award at Watford’s annual Audentior Awards in 2009.

During his time as chair, Peter remembers running fish and chip evenings for elderly ladies; installing a bench – which remains at the top of Meriden Way – in memory of a late resident; fighting the building of a waste transfer site; and protesting the closure of Harvest End School.

He said: “I enjoyed being chair and if people had ideas, I aimed to make them work. If someone asked, I tried.

“As an association, we desperately tried to make life better for people on the estate and we had some successes. As a unit, we worked our socks off.

“Volunteers were and are the lifeblood of something like the MRA. Without them, there is nothing.”

Earlier in his life, Peter ran Latimer Glassworks on St Albans Road in Garston. He took over the shop from his father-in-law, who had set up the business in 1947 after leaving the RAF. The shop closed in 1972 and currently stands empty.

Peter celebrated his birthday with a lunch with his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at The Round Bush pub.

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